Edmonton police charge woman after assault on Black Muslim woman

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EDMONTON — Police in Edmonton say they have made an arrest after a Black Muslim woman wearing a hijab was assaulted at a light-rail transit station while her attacker shouted racial slurs at her.

Police say the 23-year-old woman had just entered the station at Southgate Mall on Tuesday when she was approached.

Investigators say another woman tried to hit her on the head with a shopping bag while yelling at her.

Police say there was no confrontation between the two before the attack.

The woman was able to run away and an Edmonton Transit Service peace officer called police.

Rene Ladouceur, who is 32, has been charged with assault with a weapon and also has nine outstanding warrants against her for unrelated events.

Police arrested a 41-year-old-man last week after two women wearing hijabs were pushed to the ground and assaulted in a parking lot outside the same mall.

Investigators say there is no connection between the two attacks.