Man charged with assault, mischief following suspected hate crime

Police say the assault of a 70-year-old man earlier this week is being investigated as a suspected hate-motivated offence. (Robert Krbavac/CBC - image credit)
Police say the assault of a 70-year-old man earlier this week is being investigated as a suspected hate-motivated offence. (Robert Krbavac/CBC - image credit)

Toronto police have arrested a man in connection with the assault of a senior citizen.

Police were called to Wilson Avenue and Dufferin Street on Wednesday with reports of a hate crime.

According to police, a 70-year-old man wearing a kippah was assaulted by a stranger, resulting in the Jewish head covering falling to the ground. At that point, police say, the man began to stomp on it and yelled racial slurs.

Police say a 29-year-old has been arrested and charged with assault and mischief. He is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Police say the case is being investigated as a suspected hate-motivated offence.

They're asking anyone with information to contact officers at 416-808-3200. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.