Two men arrested in connection with hate-motivated incident in Burlington


Two 19-year-old Burlington men are facing charges in connection with an alleged hate-motivated incident that occurred in Burlington.  

Halton police allege that on March 11, 2020, a 27-year-old man was walking westbound on Headon Forest Drive when a man driving a Green Honda CRV hurled homophobic insults at him.

Police say the suspect vehicle then proceeded to turn around and stop at a townhouse complex at Headon Road and Headon Forest Drive. According to police, the driver and his passenger exited the vehicle and approached the victim, directing more homophobic insults at him in the process. 

Police allege the driver and passenger then became physically violent and pushed and punched the victim. 

Both suspects fled the scene in the same vehicle. 

Police say the victim managed to walk home and eventually attended the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion and injuries to his face and torso.  The victim was treated and released from hospital.

On April 5, police arrested and charged Brian Ranalli and Gary Jennings with assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Blair Bolton of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2323.

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