York Regional Police have charged a 33-year-old man allegedly responsible for carrying out several hate-motivated incidents in Markham.
On March 16 around 2:00 p.m., investigators received a report regarding an assault that occurred in the area of Pillar Rock Crescent.
It’s alleged the victim had been outside walking when a suspect ran up behind her and hit her in the back with an object.
Officers located additional victims and associated five other incidents that happened between January and March to the same suspect.
“All of the victims are Asian and investigators believe that the incidents were hate-motivated,” York Regional Police said in a news release on Wednesday.
On Monday, police identified and subsequently arrested 33-year-old Arjun Choudhari of Markham.
Choudhari is facing three counts of assault, two counts of criminal harassment, and assault with a weapon.
An arrest has been made in connection with a series of hate motivated incidents in Markham targetting Asian residents. York Regional Police are encouraging people to report any incident they believe may be motivated by hate, racism or discrimination. @680NEWS
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“York Regional Police is aware hate-motivated incidents are often not reported and want to assure our community that we take these incidents seriously and investigate all reports received,” investigators said.
“We strongly encourage residents to report any incident they believe may be motivated by hate, racism, or discrimination. We do not tolerate hate crime in any form.”
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti issued a statement saying he is “deeply disturbed and disgusted by the recent criminal acts,” adding that he strongly condemns “all forms of racism towards any cultural group.”
“Markham is proud to be Canada’s most diverse city, we wear it as a badge of honour and we celebrate our rich cultural mosaic,” said Scarpitti on Wednesday.
“Over the past year, I have witnessed many acts of kindness and solidarity in our community in an effort to support each other during these challenging times. This is the DNA of our community.”
Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact police.
“All of us stand in support of our Asian community when they face hate and discrimination,” the Mayor concluded.