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Suspects sought in alleged hate-motivated attack against family in Mississauga: police

Last Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 1:18 pm EDT

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Peel police say they are investigating a hate-motivated crime after two men allegedly assaulted a family in Mississauga as they performed a faith ceremony.

Investigators say the incident happened around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the area of Barbertown and Mississauga roads.

It’s alleged two males approached a 44-year-old man, his wife and two young children and shouted derogatory and hateful remarks at them. Police said the suspects also assaulted the man several times and threw rocks at him.

The man broke away, and as he and his family drove off, police say the two men hurled rocks at the vehicle, resulting in damage.

The man was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. His wife and two young children did not suffer any physical injuries.

“The abundance of rich culture and diversity that we have here in Peel Region is one of our many strengths. Being able to practice and celebrate one’s faith in peace and safety is a fundamental right here in Canada,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah in a statement.

“Hateful, deliberate acts such as this will not be tolerated, and I can assure you that the appropriate resources are being allocated to identify those responsible.”

Police say the two suspects are described as aged 16 to 18 years old, with dark hair. One man is believed to be Caucasian, and the second male is believed to be Asian.

Investigators are appealing to anyone with information, including dash-cam video, to contact police.