Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation,
Sheppard Avenue East and Midland Avenue area,
Broadcast time: 12:15
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Unit: 42 Division
Case #: 2021-618125
The Toronto Police Service requests the public's assistance identifying a suspect as part of an ongoing hate-motivated assault investigation.
On Sunday, April 4, 2021, at 6:58 p.m., officers responded to a call for an assault at the Midtown Plaza.
It is reported that:
- a 52-year-old man was ordering food at a restaurant
- a man made an anti-Asian comment directed at the victim
- the man punched the victim and fled the scene
- the 52-year-old man was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries
The suspect is described as 40-50 years old, 5'10", 180 lbs, clean shaven and had a cut on his head. He is believed to have been in a four-door grey 2016-2018 Nissan Altima. He was with another man who is described as white, bald, wearing a blue sweater, dark pants and dark shoes.
After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault is being treated as a suspected Hate Crime.
Security camera images have been released. Anyone who recognizes the man pictured is urged to contact investigators.
Anyone with information 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 David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Terence Little, 42 Division