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Man allegedly hurls hate-based comments at 2 Muslim women at Vaughan's Pioneer Village TTC station

Late-night incident occurred May 22
June 16, 2021
John Cudmore

York Regional Police investigators are seeking assistance from the public to identify a man seen hurling racial insults and profanity-laced comments at two Muslim women at the Pioneer Village TTC station in Vaughan.

The incident occurred just before 10:30 p.m. on May 22 at the station, located at 2800 Steeles Ave. W.

The suspect was initially seen on video surveillance following a customer who was wearing a hijab as he shouted racial comments and profanity at her.

As she ran quickly past, the suspect noticed another woman, a TTC employee and also a Muslim wearing a hijab, as she worked on the mezzanine level near the entrance. He began advancing toward her and shouted racial and hate-based comments.

The woman ran inside a fare booth and locked the door.

The suspect eventually left the scene in a TTC bus.

The suspect is described as a white and approximately 25 to 30 years old. He had short, blond hair and was clean-shaven. He wore a black T-shirt and black shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at