Winnipeg cafe targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti

Winnipeg Police sit outside BerMax Caffe.
Winnipeg Police sit outside BerMax Caffe. Michael Draven/ Global News

Winnipeg police are investigating an incident at a cafe on Corydon Avenue as a hate crime.

Emergency services were called to BerMax Caffe for a medical call on Thursday around 10:45 p.m.

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When they arrived, responders found a woman inside the restaurant who had been assaulted. She was taken to hospital in stable condition, treated and released.

Officers determined the business was a target for a robbery. The entire restaurant had been vandalized and the word “Jew” was spray-painted on the windows and in the parking lot.

Police say this is the fourth hate crime at the same business in the last five months.

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“There have been a number of incidents related to this particular business, but prior to this there was no violence in those instances. I know I looked over those reports and it was unclear if it was looked at as a hate crime.” Winnipeg Police, Cst. Rob Carver said.

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The Winnipeg Police Service Major Crimes Unit is investigating this as a hate-related crime in conjunction with a commercial robbery. They’re asking anyone with information to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).