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Brantford Police investigating hate-motivated incident

Brantford Police ServiceBrantford Police investigating hate-motivated incident

The Brantford Police Service are continuing to investigate a report of a hate-motivated incident and are seeking assistance from the public in an effort to identify the suspect.

Officers with the Brantford Police were dispatched to a location near Brant’s Crossing Riverfront Park, Icomm Drive, after receiving a report of a disturbance where a man is alleged to have been threatened and assaulted by a suspect at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

A man on a dirt bike was reported to be driving recklessly in the area when he became involved in a verbal dispute with the victim. At this time, it was reported that racially charged threats of death were made towards the victim. The accused is also reported to have damaged the victim’s bicycle. 

Before fleeing the area, the accused is then reported to have used his dirt bike to spin the back tire to throw rocks at the victim.

The suspect vehicle is described as a red dirt bike with a white fender panel and was last seen travelling on Icomm Drive towards Colborne Street West. 

No physical injuries were reported as a result of the incident.  

The accused is described as approximately 5’6”, thin, white, male, in his 20’s, wearing an open visor style helmet.

As a result of this incident, grounds exist for the following charges: assault with a weapon, utter death threats, mischief, dangerous operation and operate motor vehicle – preform stunt. Based on the information reported, the incident is believed to be racially motivated.

Hate-motivated crimes not only affect individual victims, but also negatively impact the community at large. 

These types of crimes have consequences that reach far beyond a specific incident and are particularly concerning because they can foster community unrest. The Brantford Police Service is invested in the betterment of our community and works diligently to provide a safe and inclusive community for all of Brantford’s residents.

Investigators are asking any members of the public who may have information that could help to identify the suspect, and who have not already done so, to contact Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050.

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