3 teens arrested after suspected hate-motivated ‘violent attack’ in downtown Toronto

Three teens are in custody after allegedly “violently” attacking someone in an incident believed to be motivated by hate towards the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Police say a victim was in the area of Yonge and Wellesley streets around 1 p.m. Wednesday when they became “concerned with the treatment of a group of young women and intervened to check on their well-being.”

It is alleged the victim got into an argument with a group and was physically attacked by three suspects. The victim was left with serious injuries.

Police arrested two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old and charged them with assault causing bodily harm.

“After consultation with the service’s specialized hate crime unit, the investigation is being treated as a suspected hate-motivated offence,” reads a Toronto police release.

Police say 2SLGBTQ+ liaison officers have been assisting with the investigation. Anyone with more information about the incident is asked to contact police.

The three youths are scheduled to appear in court in January. They cannot be named due to provision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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