Three Teenagers Charged Following Hate-Motivated Assault in Downtown Toronto

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The rear of a Toronto police cruiser is seen in this file photo. Isaac Callan/Global News

Toronto police have reported a concerning incident in downtown Toronto involving three teenagers who have been charged with assault causing bodily harm. The assault, which occurred on Wednesday afternoon near Yonge Street and Wellesley Street, is being investigated as a hate-motivated crime targeting a member of the LGBTQ community.

According to a news release issued by the Toronto Police Service on Friday, the incident happened around 12:55 p.m. Police were called to the scene following reports of an assault. The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed for their safety, was reportedly intervening on behalf of a group of young women whom they believed were being mistreated.

A verbal altercation ensued, which quickly escalated into a violent attack against the victim by three teenagers, leaving them with serious injuries. The nature of the altercation and the motivations behind the attack led the police to treat this incident as a suspected hate-motivated offence, particularly targeting the LGBTQ community.

Two of the assailants, both 14 years old, and a third assailant, aged 15, were arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm. The Toronto Police Service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit has been consulted in this investigation, underscoring the severity of the incident and the response required.

In their statement, the Toronto Police Service emphasized their commitment to addressing hate crimes. “The Toronto Police Service takes all forms of hate-related crime seriously and prioritizes our response to ensure citizens of Toronto feel safe,” the release stated.

The three teenagers are scheduled to appear in court in January. The Toronto Police Service is urging anyone with more information about this incident to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. This case highlights the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ community and the critical need for public vigilance and intervention in hate-motivated crimes.

For further details or to provide information, individuals are encouraged to contact the Toronto Police Service.