Man charged in Hate-motivated Assault investigations,
Morningside Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area
Broadcast time: 11:30
Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Unit: 42 Division
Case #: 2021-574723
The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of an arrest made in relation to several hate-motivated assaults.
On Monday, March 29, 2021, at approximately 11:20 a.m., police were contacted about three separate incidents in the Morningside Avenue and Sheppard Avenue East area.
It is alleged that:
- a man was eating lunch outside a nearby plaza
- a unknown man approached him and kicked him
It is further alleged that:
- the same man was observed grabbing a woman and ripped her hijab off her head
- then the same man was observed wrestling with another man and knocked a cup out of his hand
Police arrived and located Sayid Ahmed Abdullahi, 45, of Toronto.
He was arrested and charged with:
He was scheduled to appear virtually in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 10 a.m., room 407.
The Hate Crime Unit has been consulted and is assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with who witnessed the assault or was involved is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation will be led by a divisional investigator. The Hate Crime Unit will be made aware and specialized officers from that unit will support the investigation as needed.
If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge will consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.
Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent. Members of the Hate Crime Unit will provide assistance and support to the divisional investigators in seeking the Attorney General’s consent to lay these charges, if applicable. These charges are often laid at a later time.
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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Phillip Campbell, 42 Division