CALGARY – Police are investigating after a man yelled at and pushed her son at a CTtrain station in downtown Calgary on Sunday. The mother also says the man tried to tear off her hijab after she yelled for help.
It happened around 3:15 p.m. on Station Center Street Sunday afternoon after the woman and her 17-year-old son received their COVID-19 vaccine at the Telus Convention Center.
The woman spoke to CTV News on the phone but said she was traumatized and did not want to speak on camera or be identified. However, she spoke to her congregation about what had happened.
“When she screamed, she said he tried to run after her and grab her headscarf,” said Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
“When I went to her house, my wife was with me. She was very traumatized, she was crying,” he said.
“So this is definitely a big concern.”
MAN IN WARRANTY
Police said a man who matched the man’s description is on remand on Sunday following an unrelated incident. He was arrested on a mental illness arrest warrant and investigators are working to determine if he is the same person who was involved in Sunday’s attack.
“We are deeply concerned that a woman and her 17-year-old son may have fallen victim to discrimination (Sunday) and are aware of the impact this will have on our various cultural and racial communities,” said a statement from the Calgary Police Service.
“Charges will be brought based on the evidence gathered and in consultation with the CPS hate crime coordinator,” the statement said.
The incident on Sunday comes the week after a man was charged with a traffic incident that police are investigating as a possible hate crime. Wednesday’s video showed a man jumping out of his truck on the Bow Trail before slamming a driver’s window, threatening the driver and calling him a “terrorist”.
The CPS hate crime unit is also investigating an attack that occurred in March in which a woman punched and kicked two young women and tore off a girl’s hijab.