05/01/2013 07:40 EDT | Updated 07/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Spitting On Woman Investigated As Hate Crime

Toronto police have launched an investigation into a possible hate crime, after a woman was assaulted entering a plaza near Sheppard Avenue East and Don Mills Road on Monday.

"As she was walking past a gentleman, he spit on her. And we're not sure of the motivation for the crime, there appears to be no motivation other than the woman was wearing a hijab," said Det. Sgt. Jim Gotell.

The man also verbally assaulted the woman.

Police have released security camera images of the suspect.

He's described as a white man, 5'8" with a thin build and blonde hair.

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