Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Island,
TPS appeals to witnesses
Broadcast time: 14:35
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Unit: 52 Division
Case #: 2021-1069297
The Toronto Police Service is investigating an aggravated assault that took place on Toronto Island.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the ferry docks on the Toronto Island near Hanlan’s Point.
It is reported:
- a 24-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were walking to the ferry docks
- they became involved in a disagreement with a group of people
- a man from the group made homophobic comments towards the victims
- the woman grabbed one of the victims
- two men from the group assaulted the 24-year-old man by punching and kicking him, leaving him with significant injuries
The first suspect is described as a man, black , 25-32 years old, 6’4”, 220 lbs, muscular build, with dreadlocks and had a bicycle with him.
The second suspect is described as a man, white, thin build, 5’ 6”, and possibly had dreadlocks.
The third suspect is described as a woman, white, 22-28 years old, 5’5”, 180 lbs, with long blonde hair.
The Service’s dedicated Hate Crime Unit has been notified and is supporting officers from 52 Division with the investigation. This remains an active investigation and extensive inquiries are being carried out including scouring for video, recovering evidence and speaking to witnesses to establish the motive.
The Toronto Police Service understands that incidents of this nature cause concern in LGBTQ2S+ communities. We want to assure everyone that our investigators are working hard to determine if this was a hate crime and identify the suspects involved. Any type of hate crime will not be tolerated. Our dedicated LGBTQ2S+ Liaison Officer has also been made aware and has been actively engaging with the community.
As the investigation progresses, the Toronto Police Service will provide updates as soon as possible.
Anyone who witnessed the assault or has video of the incident, is urged to forward it to Detective Constable Lauren Hassard 9854 at 52 Division by emailing Lauren.Hassard@torontopolice.on.ca
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.
How hate crimes are investigated
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.
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Connie Osborne, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Lauren Hassard, 52 Division