Peel police have arrested and charged two men for aggravated assault following a hate-motivated crime in Mississauga.
According to police, on July 15 at 9:11 pm, officers responded to a fight at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre.
Police say the fight began as a result of a driving incident that occurred in the parking lot, and during the assault, racially based comments were uttered at the victim indicating the assault may have been a “hate-motivated incident.”
Two men, identified as brothers 19-year-old Janis Corhamzic of Brampton and 27-year-old Adem Corhamzic of Brampton, were arrested at the scene.
Disturbance call in the area of Mississauga Valley Pkwy and Central Pkwy in #Mississauga. Male victim transported to trauma centre. 2 males in custody. Call received at 9:11 p.m.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) July 16, 2018
The victim, a 38-year-old man from Mississauga, was transported to a trauma centre and is currently in serious but stable condition.
The victim’s wife and a family friend, who tried to intervene, were also assaulted and suffered minor injuries.
“The Region of Peel is one of the most diverse and inclusive communities in Canada, and hateful behaviour will not be tolerated,” said Chief Jennifer Evans. “I want to assure the public that all our officers are trained to recognize and investigate hate-motivated crime and we take these incidents very seriously.”
Evans asked that community members stay vigilant and report hate-motivated crime or hate-motivated incidents to police.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905)453-2121 ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).