Police hunt for suspect over ‘race hate’ assault in Soho
Officers say victim, who is in his 40s, was punched and racially abused
22 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A CCTV image of the suspect that police want to speak to
DETECTIVES want to speak to a man in connection with a racially aggravated assault in Soho.
Police said that the victim, a man in his 40s, was walking past the Soho Theatre in Dean Street.
He stopped to confront the suspect, a white male in his 40s who they said was making racist comments about some people inside a restaurant and pointing at them on February 18 at about 7.20pm.
When the victim challenged the man on his behaviour, the suspect became aggressive. The victim then got out his mobile phone to start recording the incident and the suspect slapped the phone out his hand, onto the floor, they added.
As the victim moved to pick up his phone, he was punched in the face by the suspect and then racially abused by him before leaving the area, the Met said.
Members of the public came to help the victim, who required medical attention to his face.
Detective Constable Chun Hong Wu, of the Central West Command Unit, said: “This was a horrible assault on a man who took exception to the suspect’s needless use of racist language, at which point he was assaulted.
“I would urge anyone who recognises this man to contact police immediately.”
• Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6324/18 Feb, or tweet @MetCC – alter-natively they can call Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.