Woman arrested for allegedly assaulting, forcefully removing person’s hijab in Ottawa

The exterior of the Ottawa Police Service headquarters. File / Global News

Ottawa police say they’ve arrested and charged a 62-year-old woman with hate-motivated assault after a woman had her hijab forcefully removed earlier this month.

The force says a woman was out walking on Oct. 6 when she was randomly assaulted by an unknown woman who forcefully removed her hijab.

The suspect then fled on foot.

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Police say they weren’t able to locate the suspect at the time but have since been able to identify her.

They say a 62-year-old woman from Ottawa — who was already detained on an outstanding matter — was charged with hate-motivated assault and hate-motivated mischief.

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She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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