Police searching for three suspects in hate crime near Whyte Ave.
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 11:02AM MST
Last Updated Monday, November 26, 2012 12:51PM MST
Edmonton police are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects and a witness believed to have been behind a racially-motivated assault on the south side last summer.
Police said the assault took place on August 11, at about 3 a.m. in a parking lot outside of a convenience store located in the area of 99 Street and 81 Avenue.
It’s believed three men in their 30s assaulted two other men – one of the victims is a black man, it’s alleged he was verbally threatened with racial slurs, before being punched in the face and thrown to the ground by one of the suspects, before all three continued attacking him.
The victim’s friend was also assaulted, after he tried to intervene.
All three suspects, who also had a young woman with them, left the scene south on 99 Street, before heading west on 79 Avenue.
The three male suspects are all Caucasian, and believed to be in their 30s, the first suspect is described as:
- 183 cm (6’) tall
- 113 kg (250 lbs)
- Muscular build
- Shaved head
- Clean shaven face
At the time of the assault he was wearing a white tank top and beige shorts.
The second male suspect is described as:
- 175 cm (5’9”) tall
- 77 kg (170 lbs)
- Thin build
- Short hair
At the time of the assault, the suspect had a yellow cast on his left hand, and was wearing a black, V-neck women’s blouse.
The third male suspect is described as:
- 177.5 cm (5’10”) tall
- 95 kg (210 lbs)
- Described as chubby
- Long, brown afro-style hair
At the time of the assault, this suspect was not wearing a shirt.
Police are also looking for the woman that was with the suspects at the time, she was not involved in the assault.
She is described as:
- Approximately 20-years-old
- 162.5 cm (5’4”) tall
- 59 kg (130 lbs)
- Average build
- Long hair
At the time, she is described as wearing a white tank top, and shorts.
Investigators also released surveillance footage, which is believed to show the group of four leaving the scene.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or by dialing #377 on a cell phone, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).