'Callous' assault on homeless victim being investigated as hate crime by Calgary police

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Calgary police are looking for these two suspects after a man experiencing homelessness was targeted in an unprovoked attacked last month. The police blurred the victim's image in these photos to protect his privacy. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)
Calgary police are looking for these two suspects after a man experiencing homelessness was targeted in an unprovoked attacked last month. The police blurred the victim's image in these photos to protect his privacy. (Calgary Police Service - image credit)

Calgary police are looking for two suspects in what they're calling a "hate-motivated," unprovoked assault on a man experiencing homelessness.

The assault took place near the Bow Tower in Calgary's downtown on March 29.

Around 11 p.m., a security guard found the victim after he'd been thrown to the ground and kicked by two men in what police have described as an unprovoked attack.

The victim suffered injuries and required medical attention after he was kicked in the ribs and face.

Calgary Police Service
Calgary Police Service

Both suspects are believed to be in their early 20s.

At the time of the assault, one was wearing a black, long-sleeved Crooks and Castle shirt and white Nike high top sneakers. The second had on a brown Levi's hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, black jeans and white sneakers.

"Violence against vulnerable members of our city will not be tolerated," said Staff Sgt. Jeff MacQueen.

"We are investigating this callous assault as a hate crime as we believe the victim was targeted due to his socioeconomic standing."

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward through the non-emergency line 403-266-1234 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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