Toronto police are investigating four alleged attacks against people of South Asian descent reported in the city’s west end over the past three weeks.
Police allege the incidents began around Aug. 25, but say the most recent were reported on Sept. 3 and 4.
In one incident, police allege a white man between five-foot-eight and five-foot-ten approached a man and woman and began to strike the man.
The next day, a suspect with a similar description is alleged to have shouted “racially charged” comments at a man.
When the victim attempted to call police, police say the suspect allegedly threw the man’s phone on the ground and assaulted him to stop him from picking it up.
On Aug. 25, a man in the same area is alleged to have struck a victim and removed his turban and on Aug. 31 a man allegedly approached someone and struck him on the head before running away.
Police say they are investigating the assaults as hate-motivated and they say same man is suspected in the four attacks.
Anyone with information on the alleged attacks is being asked to come forward.
The Canadian Press