(Posted by Susan K)
Victim was spat on, punched several times, and had her hair and hijab pulled, police say.
London.CTV News Police have arrested a 38-year-old woman in connection with an alleged attack on a Muslim woman in a supermarket in London, Ont., and charged her with assault.
London, Ont., police have arrested this woman after a Muslim woman was allegedly assaulted at a grocery store there. (Photo provided by London Police Service)
The Muslim woman was shopping with her four-month-old son when she was attacked, according to police.
The woman was at the Superking Supermarket at 785 Wonderland Rd. S. at about 5 p.m. Monday when a woman she didn’t know began yelling at her for no apparent reason, police said. (The sight of a headbag can lead to emotional distress.)
The stranger spat on the Muslim woman, punched her several times and then pulled at her hijab and hair, police said. (That’s what the Muslim woman told police, but is it all true?)
“We don’t have a motive for the assault right now,” London Police Service spokeswoman Sandasha Bough said. “We don’t have any information that this is a hate motivated offence. In what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing and what was provided through social media Tuesday it would lead people to believe that. But right now we’re looking at it as an assault.”
The police department’s street gang unit will review the investigation once it’s complete. It will determine if the assault has elements of hate or bias, which could be used during sentencing, if charges are laid and the matter ends up in court. (Strange nobody tried to intervene.)
“We’re asking anybody who saw or heard anything to let us know,” Bough said. “We’re really, really hoping that the public can help. We’ve spoken to witnesses, but we’re still looking for more.” (The Muslim woman took the photo. Could it be the Muslim woman provoked her?)
Bough said it’s unclear if the woman who carried out the attack was speaking English or another language. “Only the people that were there can let us know what exactly was said,” Bough said.
Police are looking into whether surveillance footage is available.