York Regional Police have charged a man after a series of incidents believed to be hate-motivated that targeted Asian people.
The Markham man faces multiple charges after being linked to six separate incidents between January and March this year, police say.
On March 16, York police investigated an assault in the area of Pillar Rock Cres., in the Hwy. 404 and Elgin Mills area. A woman was outside around 2 p.m. when the suspect ran up behind her and hit her in the back with an object, police say.
Later, officers identified additional victims and linked the suspect to five other incidents this year. All of the victims are Asian, police said.
“I am deeply disturbed and disgusted by the recent criminal acts by an individual against members of our Asian community, and I strongly condemn all forms of racism towards any cultural group,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti in a statement.
“Markham is home to the largest outdoor Asian festival in Canada, Taste of Asia, and one of the largest Chinese diasporas in Canada,” he said. “One person’s actions do not reflect our community.”
“All of us stand in support of our Asian community when they face hate and discrimination.”
Arjun Choudhari, 33, faces six charges including assault with a weapon, three counts of assault and two counts of criminal harassment.
Anyone with more information is asked to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.