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Guelph police investigating racist verbal attack

The incident occurred in the area of Goodwin Drive and Beaver Meadow Drive on Sunday afternoon
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The Guelph Police Service is investigating an alleged incident of racism in the Royal City.

Police said a 25-year-old Asian woman was walking her dog in the area of Goodwin Drive and Beaver Meadow Drive at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday when she was approached by an agitated male. 

According to their reports, the male suspect began yelling racial slurs at the victim, making obscene gestures and "blaming Asians for COVID-19". The male suspect then walked away, continuing to shout and making further gestures at the woman. 

Guelph Police have since released details regarding the suspect involved in this incident of racism. The male is described as a Middle Eastern man believed to be in his mid 20s, with light skin, a thin build and black hair that is curly on the top. According to the victim, the suspect has a thick French accent, and was last seen wearing a beige long coat, grey pants, a gold chain and air pods. 

While the victim was not physically harmed in the incident, Police said supports have been made available through victim services. 

The incident is currently under investigation, and anyone with information is being asked to contact Constable Cecilia Hudecki at 519-824-1212, ext. 7215 - or via email at chudecki@guelphpolice.ca.

Anonymous tips are also being collected through CrimeStoppers online or through their contact line at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 

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