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Media Release

Release Date: April 6th, 2020 - 3:11pm

Originator: Detective, Jared McLeod, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825 4747 ext 2385

Contact: D/Constable, Blair Bolton, 30 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905 825 4747 ext 2323

Location: Burlington


Halton Police Make Arrests in Hate Crime Incident

‚ÄčThe Halton Regional Police Service has made two arrests after an investigation into a hate-motivated incident that occurred in the City of Burlington.  

On March 11th, 2020, two males directed homophobic slurs towards the victim as they drove by in their vehicle.  After a verbal altercation, both males approached the victim where he was then assaulted.

Investigation by the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau led to the arrest and charges on April 5th 2020 against the following individuals;

Brian Ranalli (19 years from Burlington)

  • Assault

Gary Jennings (19 years from Burlington)

  • Assault

Both males were released on an Undertaking. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Blair Bolton of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2323.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.  "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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The Halton Regional Police Service is seeking the public's assistance in identifying two suspects responsible for an assault that took place in the area of Headon Road and Headon Forest Drive in the City of Burlington.

On March 11, 2020, at approximately 2:00pm, a 27 year old male victim was walking westbound on Headon Forest Drive and observed an older model Green Honda CRV drive by him.  The driver of this vehicle directed homophobic comments towards the victim.  The suspect vehicle then proceeded to turn around and stopped at a townhouse complex at Headon Road and Headon Forest Drive.  The driver and his passenger then exited the vehicle and approached the victim, continuing to engage in homophobic slurs directed at the victim.  The driver and passenger then became physically violent by pushing and punching the victim.  Both suspects then fled the scene in the same vehicle. 

The victim managed to walk home and eventually attended the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion and injuries to his face and torso.  The victim was treated and released from hospital.

Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for this hate crime incident.

Suspect #1 (passenger) - Male, white, 16-20 years of age, average build, 5'8", approximately 180lbs with light black facial hair wearing a brown beanie cap.

Suspect #2 (driver) - Male, olive complexion, 16-20 years of age, thin build, 5'10" with short black curly hair.   

Suspect vehicle is described as a forest green older model Honda CRV with a faded older paint job.  (1997-2001 year model).

The Halton Regional Police Service condemns any/all such incidents that impact or erode the community's sense of safety and well-being.

The HRPS are investigating this offence as a crime that willfully promotes hatred.  We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the person(s) responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jared McLeod at 905-825-4777 ext. 2385 or Detective Constable Blair Bolton at 905-825-4777 ext. 2323 from the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.