Police requesting public assistance in hate-motivated assault investigation,
Bremner Boulvard and Spadina Avenue,
Broadcast time: 15:30
Date: Friday, October 8, 2021
Unit: 52 Division
Case #: 2021-1833486
The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in a hate motivated assault investigation that occurred on a TTC street car.
On Thursday, September 23, 2021, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a 28 year-old man was on board the 510 TTC street car traveling northbound from Bremner Boulevard and Spadina Avenue.
It is alleged that:
- a group of people boarded the street car
- a woman began uttering racial slurs toward the man
- the woman then spat on the man twice before covering her face with a grey blanket to conceal her identity
- the woman exited the street car in the area of Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue area
The woman is described as 5'6",175 lbs. She was wearing a grey sweater, black leggings and grey boots.
There were a number of people who witnessed the assault. Investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have more information or known the identity of the woman.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, 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 Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Brandon Thompson, 52 Division