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Suspect sought after ‘hate-related’ graffiti spray-painted in Toronto, police say

Police released this security image of a suspect. Handout / Toronto Police

Toronto police say they’re seeking a suspect after “hate-related” graffiti was spray-painted in the city.

Police said in a news release that on Saturday just before 1 p.m., officers were called to the area of Eastern and Knox avenues.

Officers said earlier in the day, after 6 a.m., a man was in the area and spray-painted hate graffiti on the front of three buildings.

Police allege the same person is believed to have targeted buildings in the area of Front and John streets.

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“After consultation with the service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit, the incident is being investigated as a suspected hate-motivated offence,” the news release said without providing further details.

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The man was described as being six feet tall, 220 pounds and had a heavy build.

Investigators released images of a suspect on Thursday, as well as a security video.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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