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Police ID one of three suspects in alleged hate crime on Toronto subway

Toronto police have arrested a man accused of breaking into several vehicles in Scarborough.
Toronto police have arrested a man accused of breaking into several vehicles in Scarborough. Lars Hagberg/Canadian Press

TORONTO – Police have identified one of three suspects wanted for allegedly harassing two Muslim women on a TTC subway train Wednesday night.

Police released a photograph of the accused Thursday on Twitter but it has since been removed as he is a youth.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said the women were travelling on an eastbound subway train leaving Bloor-Yonge Station when two men and a woman “verbally accosted” them.

Racist comments were allegedly hurled at the victims and the female suspect also pushed one of them.

The TTC has since condemned the behaviours and reminded the public it will do everything possible to ensure the safety of passengers.

Ross said they are looking at further security videos and still images to identity the other two suspects.

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Anti-Muslim incidents have spiked in recent days following the deadly attacks in Paris, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

VIDEO: With two more alleged incidents of hate crimes in the city, the Canadian Arab Federation is speaking out. It’s also laying blame on Toronto Police. Caryn Lieberman explains.

With a file from Adam Miller