Man arrested after suspected hate-motivated assault with a weapon: Toronto police

An arrest has been made in a suspected hate-motivated assault with a weapon investigation, according to Toronto police. Spencer Colby / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Toronto police have arrested a man in a suspected hate-motivated assault with a weapon incident that occurred near a downtown demonstration over the weekend.

According to police, on Sunday, officers received a call for “violent behaviour” in the area of Yonge Street and Davenport Road.

It’s alleged the male victim was in the area of a demonstration near Yonge Street and Bloor Street and had a kaffiyeh around his arm. A kaffiyeh is defined as a headdress worn by Arab men.

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The victim and the accused became involved in a verbal dispute, police said.

The accused then allegedly assaulted the victim by spraying them with a substance police believe to be pepper spray.

The victim sustained minor injuries, according to police.

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After consultation with the service’s specialized hate crime unit, the investigation is being treated as a suspected hate-motivated offence.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with assault with a weapon and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 9, 2024.

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