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Suspect in TTC hijab attacks identified as minor

Last Updated Nov 21, 2015 at 7:05 am EDT

A TTC subway sign.

Toronto police have identified one of the suspects who allegedly assaulted two women who were wearing hijabs.

The assault happened on a subway train at Sherbourne Station around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said.

Three people, two males and a female, allegedly yelled racist comments at the women, and one of the women was pushed.

“This trio began making racists comments towards these women suggesting because they were wearing hijabs they must be terrorists,” said Ross.

The group then suggested that maybe they should be quiet because “they might blow up the train,” said Ross.

Ross said the suspects fled when a witness activated the emergency alarm on the train.

“There are no words, frankly, that are strong enough,” said Ross. “The TTC condemns this behaviour and racist acts utterly and completely.”

Police said one of the suspects wanted in connection with this incident is a minor and cannot be identified.

It wasn’t the only attack that day: An offensive comment aimed at Muslim woman was written on a GO train and had to be removed by staff, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins said in an email statement.