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Suspected Hate-Motivated Assault,
Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West,
Person of Interest Identified,
Man cautioned

Broadcast time: 17:00
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Unit: 53 Division
Phone: 416-808-5300
Case #: 2021-459054

The Toronto Police Service has cautioned a man in connection with an assault investigation.

On Friday, March 12, 2021, at 11:49 a.m., police responded to an Assault in Progress in the Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue West area.

See previous news release.

After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault was initially treated as a suspected Hate Crime.

Toronto Police 53 Division immediately launched an investigation and identified a person of interest.

Officers have since spoken with the person and he was cautioned about his actions. The incident is no longer being treated as hate-motivated.

Officers will continue to patrol the community as part of their daily duties.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, 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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Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications, for Detective Niki Spyropoulos, 53 Division