Man arrested after suspected hate-motivated assault of security guard in Toronto

A Toronto police vehicle is shown parked on Yonge Street as rain falls in downtown Toronto on Tuesday Jan. 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

A man has been arrested and charged in a suspected hate-motivated assault incident, after he allegedly uttered racial slurs and assaulted a security guard with a weapon in Toronto last weekend.

Police said the incident occurred on Saturday at around 3 p.m. in the area of Sherbourne Street and Dundas Street East.

It’s alleged the suspect was loitering in a building when the security guard asked him to exit the premises. Police say the suspect refused to leave, uttered racial slurs and assaulted the victim with a weapon.

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Police did not disclose what type of weapon was used or if the victim sustained any injuries.

As a result of the incident, 60-year-old Timothy Eaton of Toronto has been charged with two counts of uttering threats/death or bodily harm, weapons dangerous and assault with a weapon.

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The suspect was scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Jan. 2.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-3500 or anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at

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