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Arrest in hate-motivated Assault Investigation,
Lakeshore Boulevard West and Superior Avenue area,
Jeffrey Spanton, 49

Broadcast time: 16:15
Date: Friday, April 23, 2021
Unit: 22 Division
Phone: 416-808-2200
Case #: 2021-582585

The Toronto Police Service has made an arrest in a hate-motivated assault investigation.

The incident occurred around 1.20 p.m., on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Lakeshore Boulevard West and Superior Avenue area.

It is alleged that:

- a 50-year-old woman was walking in the area

- she was approached by an unknown man who made anti-Asian comments

After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault is being treated as a Hate Crime.

On Thursday, April 22, 2021, Jeffrey Spanton, 49, of Toronto was arrested. He is charged with:

1. Assault

He appeared in court at Toronto West Courts, 2201 Finch Avenue West, on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 10 a.m., room 206.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, 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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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Glen McBryde, 22 Division