Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate pos­si­ble hate crime

Four teenagers wear­ing at­tire of their re­li­gious faith as­saulted

North York Post - - News -

Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent un­der the sus­pi­cion that it was a hate crime. Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call on Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Av­enue West and Bathurst Street area. They re­ported that four 17-year-old males vic­tims, all Jewish, wear­ing at­tire of their re­li­gious faith, were ap­proached by an­other group of nine male teenage sus­pects, who be­gan mak­ing deroga­tory com­ments about the vic­tims’ reli­gion. The sus­pects then be­gan as­sault­ing two of the four vic­tims, steal­ing a pair of sun­glasses and even­tu­ally flee­ing the scene. When po­lice ar­rived, they lo­cated and ar­rested one of the sus­pects. The vic­tims were treated for their wounds at the scene.

The mo­tive for this as­sault re­mains un­clear, and a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is re­quired be­fore this in­ci­dent can be deemed as a hate crime.

“It is de­pen­dent on what is de­cided upon in court. If they find that the mo­tive was based on hate, the penal­ties would come and fol­low af­ter that,” said Ka­t­rina Ar­ro­gante, me­dia re­la­tions spokesper­son for Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice. “It is in­ves­ti­gated as such right now.”

The 17-year-old sus­pect who was ar­rested faces as­sault and rob­bery charges.

Po­lice con­tinue to look for the other eight sus­pects in­volved in this in­ci­dent.

The iden­tity of the sus­pects or the vic­tims can­not be dis­closed un­der the pro­vi­sions of the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act.

So far, only one per­son is held in cus­tody, and al­though the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing, a trial date is set for early De­cem­ber.

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