Police released security camera images of a man yesterday after a spate of assaults suspected to be a hate crime.
The assaults occurred at Christie, Lansdowne and Wellesley subway stations on April 9 and 11.
In all three cases a man is alleged to have spit on another person, and in at least one case to have yelled racial slurs.
Two of the victims were reported to be women.
Investigators say they believe the same man is responsible for all three alleged assaults.
The three incidents were reported as follows:
- April 9 at about 8:45 a.m., a man spit on a person on the eastbound platform of Christie Station before fleeing the area.
- April 11 at about 11 a.m., man spit on a woman at Lansdowne Station and yelled racial slurs at a woman. He also allegedly threatened a bystander who tried to intervene before he fled on an eastbound train.
- April 11 at about 12:15 p.m., a man spit on a woman by spitting on a woman before fleeing the area.
An investigation was launched by officers of 11 Division. After they consulted with the police services’ hate crime unit, the assaults are being treated as a suspected hate-motivated crime.
The man being sought is described as 20–30 years old, 5-foot-7, and having with a slim build. He was wearing a black, hooded jacket with horizontal white stripes, a black toque and black shoes, and he was carrying a black backpack.
Images of the man have been released by police, in hopes he can be identified by someone who recognizes him.
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