Arrest in hate-motivated Assault Cause Bodily Harm Investigation,
Hussein Hassan Yusuf, 41,
Broadcast time: 16:30
Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
Unit: 52 Division
Case #: 2021-661692
The Toronto Police Service has made an arrest in an ongoing hate-motivated assault investigation.
The incident occurred around midnight on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in the Wellington Street West and Simcoe Street area.
It is alleged that:
- a 22-year-old man was skateboarding and passed a man
- the man uttered a racial comment and then assaulted the skateboarder with a object, before continuing to utter racial slurs
- the skateboarder flagged down an officer who was in the area for help and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries
After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault is being treated as a suspected Hate Crime.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Hussein Hassan Yusuf, 41, of no fixed address was arrested. He is charged with:
1. Assault Causing Bodily Harm
2. Assault with a weapon
3. Weapons Dangerous
4. Obstruct Peace Officer
5. two counts of Fail to Comply with Release Order
He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Police believe he may have interacted with others that night and into the early hours of Sunday, April 11, in the area of College Street and Yonge Street.
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 Michael Kerr, 52 Division