Police are calling the assault of two Barrie teens racially motivated. The teens, who are of Middle Eastern decent, were walking in the area of Grove Street and Cook Street on Monday around 8pm.
Police say the teens were speaking their native language when a man who was walking in front of them turned around, started yelling racial slurs, and assaulted one of the boys. No serious injuries were reported, but the suspect fled the scene and police are searching for him.
As the suspect fled, he crossed Grove Street and was nearly struck by a vehicle. Police want to speak to the driver of the vehicle and anyone who may have witnessed the incident.
The suspect is described as a white man between the ages of 30 and 35. He was unshaven and was wearing loose fitting jeans, a black hoodie, a black baseball cap and was carrying a torn backpack. Barrie Police are asking anyone with information to get in touch.