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Woman's hijab pulling called a hate crime

03/09/2012 11:10 EST | Updated 05/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Kingston, Ont., police are asking for the public's help after a woman allegedly pulled on another woman's hijab, which police are calling a hate crime assault.

Police said a woman was finishing her grocery shopping at a store around 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 when another customer came from behind her and pulled on her hijab.

They said the suspect yanked the head covering so hard it forced the victim to bend backward. The suspect then let go and left the store without saying a word.

The female suspect is described as Caucasian, slim, about 40 to 45 years old, with long black hair and was with a male companion.

Surveillance images of the suspect an associate and the victim can be viewed on the Kingston police website.

Anyone with information should contact Kingston police Const. Sean Leblanc at 613-549-4660, ext. 6250 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8744.

The Kingston case is similar to a November incident in Toronto, when Inas Kadri, a Muslim woman who wears a niqab face veil, was assaulted by a stranger while shopping. CBC News spoke with the accused attacker, Rosemarie Creswell, who admitted to pulling Kadri's niqab off.

Crewswell later pleaded guilty after surveillance footage of the attack was played in court.

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