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Assault charges laid in hate crime case, other cases still open

Last Updated Jun 4, 2021 at 11:39 am MDT

Calgary Police Service's headquarters building in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – Calgary police have laid assault charges after a hate crime investigation led them to a 31-year-old man.

On May 30, CPS got a report that a woman and he son were attacked on the Centre Street LRT platform. A man approached them, pushed the son, and began to follow the mother until a bystander stepped in.

The victims both felt they were targeted because of their race.

Later that day, police brought a man in who happened to match the suspect description in that crime on an unrelated matter. After a little more digging, police say they believe that he is responsible for the LRT station attack and at least four other incidents over the last weekend in May.

The 31-year-old was charged with two counts of assault, one count of causing a disturbance in public, and breach of a probation order. He’s scheduled to appear in court next eek.

CPS has been investigating several hate crimes over the last few weeks and in some cases are still looking to identify or locate suspects.

On Feb. 11, Tianna Hay was about to enter a Dollarama on Temple Drive when she stepped aside to allow a man to enter first.

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The man spat on her without being provoked and called her a racial slur.

“In the worst possible way, I was racially targetted simply because of the dark brown complexion of my skin,” Hay said previously.

Police shared CCTV images of the suspect, but have not been able to identify him so far.

Investigators are also still looking for a teen who’s believed to have thrown a frozen water bottle at a woman while she was walking on the Bow River Pathway along the George C. King bridge.

Police say she and a man were walking the pathway when a group of kids on bikes rode past and that’s when she was hit in the head with the frozen bottle.

The teens had taken off before the police were able to get there.

The woman told police she believes she was attacked because of her race and that the incident was unprovoked.

Police have shared a picture of the suspect but have not been able to track him down yet.

Detectives say they’re also still investigating another racist incident that happened last week, even though charges were laid.

On May 27, police said they laid charges in a racist road rage incident captured in a video shared online.

In the video, a man is seen getting out of his truck and approaching another driver, who is recording the video.

The man bangs on the car window, threatens him, and hurls slurs at the driver, calling him a terrorist.

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He also tells the driver that he has a photo of Muhammad in his truck and laughs.

He eventually walks away, tearing off a windshield wiper from the car before getting back into his truck.

A 27-year-old man was been charged with mischief to a motor vehicle and is scheduled to appear in court in July.

If you have any information on these crimes or any other tips, you can police or submit an anonymous tip via Crime Stoppers.