Toronto Police are looking for assistance in identifying and locating 9 young persons wanted in a hate crime investigation after a group of Jewish teens were assaulted.
According to police, on Sunday, November 11, at 8 pm, officers responded to an assault in the Fairholme Avenue and Bathurst Street area.
It is reported that four 17-year-old boys were walking in the area, all of whom were wearing attire of their religious faith.
Police say that as they passed another group of young persons, who were unknown to them, derogatory comments were made about their religion. The unknown group then assaulted two of the 17-year-old boys, punching and kicking them.
A pair of sunglasses was stolen from one of the victims, police say, and the suspects then fled the scene.
Police were called and attending officers located and arrested one of the suspects involved in the assault.
The victims of the assault received treatment for their injuries at the scene.
The outstanding suspects are described as in their early teens.
“Toronto Police will not tolerate violence and harassment against anyone,” said Saunders on Twitter. “Help us find the young people responsible for the attack against a group of teens from the Jewish community.”
.@TorontoPolice will not tolerate violence and harassment against anyone. Help us find the young people responsible for the attack against a group of teens from the Jewish community, on Sunday evening in the Bathurst & Fairholme area, call @TPS13Div or @1800222TIPS
— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) November 13, 2018
Mayor John Tory also said that “no one should ever be attacked for their religion,” and is asking the public to help police solve the hate crime.
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) November 12, 2018
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).