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Man accused of threatening Calgary woman in potentially hate-motivated crime

The suspect is described as being approximately 25 years old and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build. Courtesy: Calgary Police Service

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Friday, June 25, the Calgary Police Service issued an update saying 30-year-old Matthew Ryan had come forward to police. He is charged with one count of uttering threats and is set to appear in court on July 22. 

Calgary police are hoping to identify a man accused of threatening a woman in a potentially hate-motivated incident earlier this month.

Police said the victim, a woman from a racialized community, was retrieving a package from the lobby of a building in the 700 block of 3 Avenue Southwest when she was verbally attacked at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 13.

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Investigators said that the victim didn’t know her attacker, and that he approached her and “uttered a racial insult.”

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“The victim confronted the man, who then threatened to physically harm her,” a news release said.

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The suspect is described as being approximately 25 years old and five feet 10 inches tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black baseball hat and had a red bicycle, which he rode east on 3 Avenue toward 6 Street Southwest.

Anyone with information on the incident itself or the man believed to be involved is asked to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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