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Suspect sought in hate-motivated assaults investigation,
TTC Subway System,
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Broadcast time: 11:45
Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Unit: 11 Division
Phone: 416-808-1100
Case #: 2021-663948


The Toronto Police Service is making the public aware of suspected hate-motivated assaults.

On Friday, April 9, 2021, at 8:47 a.m., police responded to an Assault at Christie Subway Station.

It is reported that:

- a man assaulted a person by spitting on them on the eastbound platform

- the man fled the area

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 11:12 a.m., police responded to an Assault at Lansdowne Station.

It has been reported that:

- a man assaulted a woman by spitting on her

- the man yelled racial slurs at the woman

- the man threatened a bystander who attempted to intervene

- the man fled on an eastbound subway train

On Sunday April 11, 2021, at 12:16 p.m., police responded to an assault at Wellesley Station.

It has been reported that:

- a man assaulted a woman by spitting on her

- the man then fled the area

Investigators believe the same man is responsible for all three assaults.

The suspect is described as 20-30 years old, 5'7", with a slim build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with horizontal white stripes, black toque, black shoes, and was carrying a black backpack.

Toronto Police Service's 11 Division immediately launched an investigation. 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 416-808-1100, 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.

Willful 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.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Constable Laura Brabant, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Michael Czarnota, 11 Division




Suspect sought in hate-motivated assaults investigation,
TTC Subway System,
Images released



Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation
Above: Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation




Suspect sought in hate-motivated assaults investigation,
TTC Subway System,
Images released



Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation
Above: Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation




Suspect sought in hate-motivated assaults investigation,
TTC Subway System,
Images released



Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation
Above: Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation




Suspect sought in hate-motivated assaults investigation,
TTC Subway System,
Images released



Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation
Above: Suspect sought in hate-motivated assault investigation