Toronto man arrested for allegedly pulling hijabs off women’s heads

A Toronto Police Service cruiser. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A 42-year-old Toronto man faces assault charges after police said he pulled hijabs off women’s heads in three separate incidents this week.

Toronto police said the hate-motivated acts, which took place on Wednesday, June 6 between 3 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., occurred while the victims were waiting for a TTC bus at the corner of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue in the city’s north end.

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The man, identified as Sayid Ahmed Abdullahi, was arrested the next day and charged with three counts of assault and one count of mischief under $5,000.

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He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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