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Man wanted for assaulting store employee over mask dispute

Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 at 9:42 pm EDT

Police are looking for a suspect after a store employee was assaulted over a dispute with a customer. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

Toronto police are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted a store employee over a mask dispute, leaving him with the possibility of life-altering injuries.

Investigators say the incident took place at a drug store in the area of Yonge and Carlton Street just before 5 p.m. on June 17.

The interaction took place inside the store between a man and an employee about the man’s face mask. The suspect reportedly became agitated and was escorted from the store.

When they were outside, police say the man punched one of the store employees and then stomped on his head with his feet.

The employee was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition, with the possibility of life-altering injuries.

Police say the suspect is described as six foot to six foot two inches with a muscular build. He was dressed in all black clothing, wearing a blue face mask, white do-rag on his head and carrying a black and brown bag.

Investigators are urging the man to contact police immediately.