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Police searching for hate crime suspect after vehicle damaged

Suspect allegedly used a sharp object to engrave derogatory words on the victim's vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Markham

Investigators with the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigations Bureau are seeking a suspect and witnesses after reports of graffiti with a message believed to be hate-motivated were found in the City of Markham.

On Friday, April 29, 2022, York Regional Police responded to a property damage call for service. Police learned that between 3 and 3:30 p.m., a male suspect attended a Walmart located at 500 Copper Creek Dr. The male suspect parked next to a vehicle that had a Ukrainian flag visible on the dashboard. The suspect allegedly used a sharp object to scratch the paint on the victim's vehicle, engraving several derogatory words on the driver's side door. The suspect fled the scene in a white two-door smart car.

The suspect is described as male; heavy build; bald, wearing glasses, dark jacket, dark pants. The vehicle is described as a white, two-door, Smart car.

Investigators are seeking assistance from the community to help identify the suspect and asking any witnesses, anyone with information or video surveillance footage in that area, to please come forward.

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

Anyone with information can contact the York Regional Police #5 District Criminal Investigation Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, email or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.