TORONTO — Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a “hate crime related assault” of a 26-year-old woman wearing a hijab in Mississauga on Tuesday.
Peel Regional Police said the woman was leaving work in the Dundas Street West and Hurontario Street area, when she was approached by an unknown man who grabbed her by her shoulders and made derogatory remarks.
During the assault, police said a Good Samaritan intervened and was able to stop the assailant before he fled on foot. The victim did not suffer any injuries.
Police described the suspect as a white man aged 30 to 40 years old, standing 5’8″ to 5’10” with brown eyes and a “chubby” build, reddish brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing glasses, a dark-coloured hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans.
Investigators have determined the attack was a hate crime and believe the woman was targeted because she was wearing a hijab.
Police would also like to speak to the Good Samaritan to get further information about the incident to assist in identifying the suspect.
Investigators are appealing to the public for assistance and anyone with information is asked to contact Peel Regional Police or Crime Stoppers.