Stabbing in Bradford, Ont., a 'hate-related' attack, police say

The South Simcoe Police Service says a stabbing at a restaurant in Bradford West Gwillimbury is being treated as a hate-related attack. One person was arrested at the scene and police are seeking a second suspect.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing at a restaurant on Holland Street West around 2 a.m. June 4. Two men from Bradford were assaulted by two suspects, police say.

One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The second victim, a 32-year-old man, did not require medical attention, police say.

“The South Simcoe Police Service has zero tolerance for hate-motivated crime in our communities and will thoroughly investigate any filed reports. We encourage residents to report any incident that is motivated by hate or bias,” police said in a statement.

Investigators believe the attack was an isolated incident and do not believe there is a threat to public safety.

As a result of the investigation, 23-year-old Bradford man has been charged with assault and assault with a weapon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable McQuillen at 905-775-3311 extension #1420, email, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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