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Assault charge laid in months-old suspected hate crime

Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 at 8:47 am MDT

Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, Alta., Monday, May 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Summary

On Feb. 11, Tianna Hay was about to enter a Dollarama on Temple Drive when she was spat on and called slurs

Hay recently spotted her attacker and called police

A 27-year-old man is charged with assault in the case

CALGARY – Months after a woman reported being spat on and called a slur, police have laid an assault charge in the case.

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.

READ MORE: Police looking for suspect in Feb. hate crime

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 in May.

WATCH: Hay speaks about the day where she was spat on, called racial slurs (May 27)

A sample of the saliva from Hay’s clothing was submitted to the DNA lab in hopes of obtaining a match, but that’s not what ultimately led to an arrest.

Hay recently spotted her attacker while she was downtown and called police.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with assault and is due in court on July 8.

Any evidence of the event being fueled by hate will be considered by the courts if the man is found guilty.