Two Muslim women wearing hijabs were attacked on Wednesday in St. Albert, Alberta, by a masked man while walking along a pathway.
On June 23, 2021 at approximately 12:35 p.m. two adult females were walking along a pathway, bordering Edmonton, near Alderwood Park when an unknown male, wearing a mask, started yelling racial remarks towards the females.
The male suspect grabbed one female by the Hijab and pushed her to the ground, knocking her unconscious.
The male then pulled out a knife, knocked the second female to the ground, and held her down with the knife against her throat while he continued to threaten the females with racial slurs.
The male then ran off in an unknown direction leaving the females on the ground.
The first female regained consciousness and was transported to hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The second female sustained minor injuries but was not transported to hospital.
St. Albert RCMP, along with the assistance of the RCMP Police Dog Services, searched the area for the suspect but did not locate him.
St. Albert Victim Services Unit will be reaching out to the females and their families to offer support through this difficult time.
The investigation is ongoing and St. Albert RCMP General Investigation Unit (GIS) has taken over the file.
St. Albert GIS are working with Edmonton Police Service and are treating this as a hate-motivated crime.
St. Albert RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance, if anyone saw a male walking in the Alderwood Park area matching the description below, to please contact the Detachment at 780-458-7700.
The male suspect is described as:
- Caucasian Male
- Approximately 6 feet tall
- Average build
- Broad shoulders
- Approximately 50 years old
- Short light coloured hair
- Light coloured eyes
- Dark blue jeans
- Navy shirt
- Red & white bandana with graffiti lettering