A 44-year-former man has been charged in connection with three contemporary attacks on women in south Edmonton.
A 44-year-former man has been charged in connection with three “hate-motivated” attacks in south Edmonton on women, two of whom hold been wearing head coverings.
Shane Edward Tremblay, of no mounted address, faces three counts every of uttering threats and assault.
“The actions of this individual hold traumatized these three women and created a main level of apprehension in our community,” Sgt. Gary Willits of the hate crimes and violent extremism unit of the Edmonton Police Service, said in a information beginning Monday.
Tremblay is successfully identified to police and Edmonton Transit for “a pair of connected incidents over the remaining few years,” Willits said.
Willits credited transit officers, University of Alberta Protective Products and services and businesses along Whyte Avenue, critically personnel of a convenience store, who he said hold been instrumental in identifying the suspect.
The information beginning describes “three contemporary hate-motivated incidents involving women” on Edmonton streets.
At 12: 15 p.m. MT on Feb. 3, a 19-year-former girl wearing a hijab became waiting inside the University of Alberta Transit Centre when she became approached by a person uttering racial slurs, police said.
The person became aggressive, posturing as although he became about to assault the girl. He fled after a transit worker became involved.
The second incident passed off 30 minutes later shut to 100th Facet motorway and Whyte Avenue when a person ran in the route of the avenue and stopped on the sidewalk, blocking the map of a 27-year-former Gloomy girl wearing a burka.
The person began swearing and yelling insults. He crossed the avenue away from the girl, then crossed support and pushed her from behind while making threats to ruin her and spin off her burka.
Tremblay also faces charges in relation to a third incident at 2: 10 p.m. on Jan. 18. A 43-year-former Gloomy girl inaugurate air a convenience store shut to 91st Facet motorway and Whyte Avenue became followed into the store, where she became assaulted.
Arrest sends a message
Jibril Ibrahim, president of Edmonton’s Somali-Canadian Cultural Society, said the arrest sends a message.
“It gives folks in the community a sense of confidence and safety on fable of they may be able to contemplate that steps are being taken to guard them,” Ibrahim said.
“However also the individuals who’re obtainable, who in point of fact feel that they may be able to harass folks, whether or now not they’re driving or they’re walking on the streets or correct waiting for a bus or LRT, a minimum of now they know that they won’t be ready to get hold of away with it.”
Ibrahim said legislation needs to be amended to give police extra freedom to lay charges in incidents connected to misogyny, Islamophobia and dash while light respecting freedom of speech. He’s also calling for enhancements to the reporting route of to develop definite victims in point of fact feel right and incidents don’t sprint unreported.
The hate crimes unit is recommending Section 718.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada be applied in this case, allowing the courts to consider increased sentencing if there could be proof the offence became motivated by hatred, the beginning said.
There hold been a minimum of three other contemporary identical attacks in south Edmonton.