Wood Buffalo RCMP are investigating multiple alleged hate crimes in Fort McMurray that may be linked.
Police say that on July 22 between 3:45 p.m. and 5 p.m., in a parking lot near Timberlea Landing, an individual’s truck tires were slashed and racially-charged writings were left on the victim’s vehicle. Timberlea Landing plaza includes the Independent grocery store, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust, a municipal office, a Jiffy-Lube and a Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The owner of the vehicle, who shared his experience with Mix 103.7 FM earlier this week, believes he was targeted because his wife is Filipino.
Police spokesperson Const. Teri-Ann Bakker said Friday that investigators in the northern Alberta city have received other reports of similar incidents and are talking to other potential victims.
Wood Buffalo RCMP is asking anyone who was in the plaza during the same period to share any surveillance footage or camera recordings with police. People are also asked to reach out if they witnessed any suspicious activities in the area.
Police can be contacted at 780-788-4040. Tips can be left anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at P3Tips.com.
The Alberta Hate Crimes Committee is also asking Albertans to share their experiences with hate incidents at stophateab.ca.