Canada: Man sought after alleged hate crime in Jewish museum

10/6/2017- Police are looking for help in identifying a man in connection with what they call a hate-motivated mischief crime in a Jewish museum in Toronto. Police say the suspect entered the Baycrest Health Sciences building on Bathurst Street around 11 p.m. on May 30. The suspect went into the Morris and Sally Justein Heritage Museum on the ground floor, where he allegedly took the photos of two prominent figures off the wall, ripped them in half and threw them to the ground. He then reportedly wrote an anti-Semitic message in the muesum’s guest book before leaving the building.

“There are the obvious concerns that would come out of something like this,” said Martin Green, Baycrest’s manager of security. “There’s no financial loss, but it is upsetting to a number of people who work at Baycrest, because whether you’re Jewish or not, we’re a Jewish institution and it’s upsetting.” Police said it doesn’t appear the suspect went to Baycrest for any other reason. He didn’t visit or talk to anyone in the building. The museum has since replaced the photographs and it is once again open to the public. The man is described as five-foot-eight, 160 pounds, with a medium build and short, red hair. He was wearing a blue baseball cap, black and blue running shoes and blue and red shorts at the time of the incident.
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