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Police searching for suspect in hate-motivated assault on Sparks Street

A woman was assaulted with a purse and police say the suspect walked away shouting racial slurs.
Suspect wanted in hate-motivated assault on Sparks Street in Ottawa, May 26, 2021. Photo/ Ottawa Police Service

The Ottawa Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit is asking for the public's help to identify a suspect in relation to a hate-motivated assault.

Police say a couple was sitting on a bench on Sparks Street around 11:15 a.m. on May 26, and speaking in Arabic, when a woman walked up behind them and struck the woman on the side of the head with her purse. 

The suspect then walked away yelling racial slurs at them in English. 

The suspect is described as:

  • White
  • Late 50s
  • 5' 4'' (163 cm)
  • Medium build
  • Short black and grey curly hair
  • Was wearing black shoes, a dark coloured dress, a deep purple jacket and a black purse

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Ottawa Police Hate and Bias Crime Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5015. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at  

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