By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
A 47-year-old female from Oshawa is facing multiple assault charges after she allegedly assaulted Muslims on three occasions.
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the accused approached a couple walking in the Oshawa Centre and uttered threats and assaulted them. The female victim was wearing a hijab and the threats made by the accused were in relation to her dress. As the victims walked away, a bystander approached the accused to ask about her actions. The accused kicked the female bystander and another male who attempted to intervene, both of whom are Muslims.
Following that, on Monday, May 22, 2017, at approximately 1:45 p.m., the accused approached a woman at Lakeview Park in Oshawa and pushed her to the ground before fleeing the scene. This victim was also of Muslim descent.
Investigators have since identified the accused and arrested her without incident.
A 47-year-old female of Oshawa, has been charged with five counts of assault; threatening death and threatening bodily harm. She was held for a bail hearing.
Police want to ensure there are no other victims. Investigators are in contact with the Ministry of the Attorney General in regards to possible hate crime charges. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Dellipizzi of the Central East Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2766.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.