Public help sought to ID suspect in June hate-related assault in downtown Calgary

The man kept trying to grab the woman arm, police said

Police are looking for help identifying and locating this man. COURTESY CALGARY POLICE SERVICE

Calgary police are hoping to locate the suspect in a hate-related assault from earlier this summer.

On June 25 around 10:49 a.m. a man ran up to a woman and grabbed her arm and demanded he give her the coffee she was holding.  The incident happened at the corner of 1 Street and 8 Avenue SW, police said.

According to police, as the victim fled, the suspect followed her trying to grab at her left arm. She tried to run to an area with bystanders, but the suspect followed her until she tossed the coffee.

The man began to shout profanities and racial slurs at the woman, police said. He walked away westbound on 8 Avenue SW, away from the victim.

Investigators were able to track the man in the area with high-quality CCTV footage. Further attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful. Police are hoping that releasing the footage will provide public information on his identity and whereabouts.

The man is described as 35-years-old, wearing a black leather jacket, light coloured T-shirt and dark pants. Police said he had short, light brown or red hair.

Anyone with information on this suspect’s identity or where he could be located should contact police at 403-266-1234.

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