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News Release - Daytime Edition: April 6, 2017

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News Release - Daytime Edition

Prepared by: Corporate Communications
Posted: April 6, 2017
Occurrence Type: Random Assault Appears to be Racially Motivated
Occurrence #: BA17016263
Date: Monday, April 3, 2017 - 8:20pm

Barrie Police Service Criminal Investigations Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in, what appears to be, a racially motivated assault. 

On Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at approximately 8:20pm two male teens of middle-eastern descent were walking on the sidewalk in the area of Grove Street and Cook Street, in the City of Barrie.  An unknown male suspect who was walking in front of them became enraged at the two males talking in their native language.  He turned and began yelling racially motivated slurs at both males before assaulting one of the males.  He then fled on foot crossing Grove Street, nearly being struck by a passing motorist. 

Police are looking to speak with the driver who almost struck this fleeing male and any persons who may have witnessed it, or may have video footage of the incident. Neither victim sustained any serious physical injuries as a result of the confrontation.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male, white 
  • 30-35 years of age
  • Unshaven
  • Wearing loose fitting jeans, a black hoodie, black baseball cap and carrying an old, torn looking backpack

Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact DC J Stamp of the Barrie Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 705-725-7025 ext. 2578 or email at jstamp@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA17016263

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180