Toronto police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who allegedly committed a hate-motivated assault on a subway.
On Mar. 12, a person boarded a TTC subway at Islington Station at around 10 p.m. While they were commuting eastbound, they were approached by a man yelling anti-LGBTQ+ remarks, police said in a news release on Wednesday.
Following the exchange, the victim was pushed down and suffered an injury to their leg, according to police.
The male suspect is described as between 50 to 55 years old, 220 to 230 pounds, with a large build, shaggy red/brown hair past his ears and a long reddish beard.
The report says he was wearing blue jeans and a red and black plaid jacket.
Police have also released a composite sketch of the suspect.
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Police say the investigation will be led by a Divisional investigator as well as the Hate Crime Unit with specialized officers to support the case 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,” police said in the news release.
“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,” police added.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 416-808-1100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).