Police name suspect in antisemitic incidents in Thornhill, ON

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Kurt Edwards Photo: York Regional police

On September 28, 2020 York Regional police issued the following press release:

Suspect Wanted Following Multiple Hate-Motivated Graffiti Incidents in Vaughan

Investigators with the York Regional Police Hate Crime Unit and the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are appealing for assistance to locate a man wanted in connected with multiple hate-motivated incidents in the City of Vaughan.

On September 18, 2020, officers responded to a call for a hate-motivated incident in the area of New Westminster Drive and Steeles Avenue. The caller had been driving his vehicle when a suspect not known to him began yelling anti-Semitic remarks. The victim began filming the suspect who approached the vehicle and attempted to assault him.

Investigators believe that this incident is connected to six other incidents that began on September 18, 2020, involving graffiti written on garage doors and vehicles on Mullen Drive. Investigators believe that the graffiti is hate-motivated. It references both the Black and Jewish communities.

Investigators have identified the suspect and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with information on his location, or information on the incidents, is asked to contact investigators. The accused is urged to seek legal advice and turn himself in.

WANTED:

Kurt EDWARDS, 43, of no fixed address

York Regional Police does not tolerate hate crime in any form. Those who victimize individuals based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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