Identified in racist outburst
The Kelowna RCMP has confirmed that they have identified the suspect involved in the hate incident that took place on a city bus on Halloween.
The incident happened Sunday night just after 6pm on Route 8.
In a video posted on social media, the suspect begins to imitate a group of women speaking another language. Then he starts calling the group terrorists.
“This is not a Hindu country. People only speak English. They are terrorists,” he says.
The man, dressed in a black sweater, then leaves at a stop before suddenly rising again and trying to fight a man pushing him off the bus.
“With the help of the public and the media reporting, the person who made the hate-motivated remarks has been identified by the police. Information about this person will not be released as this remains an active criminal investigation and no charges have been sworn in,” said Cpl. . Tammy Lobb on Wednesday.
“We understand it can be difficult for victims of crime to come forward; however, we would like to speak to them as part of the investigation and encourage them to contact us,” Lobb added.
If you are a victim of crime or trauma and need assistance, please email Central Okanagan RCMP Victim Services or call them at 250-470-6242. Caseworkers are available Monday through Friday to answer calls and emails.