Kingston Police looking for suspects in hate crime assault

Kingston Police have released the above images and are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the occupants of a pickup truck after two people were the victims of a random assault and hate crime during Pride Month.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jun. 8, 2024, two women were walking towards downtown Kingston on the south sidewalk of Princess St. near Nelson St., both wearing t-shirts with Pride colours or designs, when a passenger of a grey pickup truck threw a large cup of ice water in their direction, striking one of the women and causing a minor injury, according to a release from Kingston Police.

The pickup truck approached the pair from behind, and had at least three occupants, police noted.

“As the cup was thrown by a male in the front passenger seat, a derogatory homophobic slur was yelled by one of the occupants before it continued to leave the area east on Princess St. It is believed another male in the right rear passenger seat was holding what appeared to be a camera out of the window while possibly filming the encounter,” police said.

Police believe the pickup truck to be similar to a newer model Nissan Frontier or Titan, with black roof rails, what appears to be a white sticker on the bottom left side of the rear window, and a decal on the right rear side, possibly “PRO-4X” for the Nissan trim level. According to the release, the male in the front passenger seat was wearing a black t-shirt and black hat.

“Detectives are asking for any information on the suspect truck in question, providing either a licence plate or frequented location if a community member believes it may have been involved. Additionally, if this vehicle is known, providing the names of any drivers or usual passengers would also be of value,” Kingston Police requested.

“Lastly, while nearby businesses have already been canvassed, proprietors, homeowners, or residents in the area are asked to still review any video surveillance footage to assist in the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Carolyn Gauthier via email at [email protected] or by calling 613-549-4660 ext. 6306. 

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