Hunt for ‘racist’ who posed as MAC makeup artist

Hunt for ‘racist’ who posed as MAC makeup artist in department store and caked female Asian customer’s face in WHITE paint then fled when staff spotted him

  • Police are hunting a man in connection to a racially aggravated assault in Dorset 
  • Indonesian woman in her 50s was approached by man posing as makeup artist 
  • CCTV images have been released by police following incident on December 9 

Police are hunting a ‘racist’ man who posed as a makeup artist and caked an Asian customer’s face white before fleeing the shop when staff spotted him.

Tony Brown, CEO of Beales in Bournemouth, Dorset, said he was shocked by the racially-aggravated assault and that he had never heard of anything like it before.

The Indonesian woman in her 50s was approached by a man at the store’s MAC make-up counter and was offered a free makeover at around 3pm on December 9.  

Police have appealed for information which leads to this man, who is wanted in connection with the racially-aggravated assault 

Believing the man to be a member of staff, the victim accepted to have her face ‘roughly caked’ in the pale foundation.

When staff noticed what was happening they approached the man and he ran off. The victim was left with irritation and redness to her face.  

Mr Brown said: ‘I have been in retail more years than I like to admit and I have never heard of anything like this before.

‘This is something you really can’t legislate for. As soon as the staff saw what was going on they approached the man and he left the store.

‘They then looked after the victim as well as they could and the police were called. It was a bizarre occurrence.’

The victim, who lives in Bournemouth, was said to be ‘very upset’ by the incident.

Police have released CCTV images of a suspect but have yet to identify him.

The suspect appears to be in his 20s and has short brown hair and stubble. He was wearing a black top and coat and blue jeans at the time of the incident.

The incident took place on the ground foor of Beales department store in Bournemouth, Dorset

Police are appealing for information about the incident, which took place in front of other shoppers on the ground floor. 

Police Constable Alex Knapp, of Bournemouth police, said: ‘The victim is understandably very upset by the incident.

‘I would ask that anyone with information, or who can identify the man pictured, contacts Dorset Police.

‘We take hate crime very seriously and we are carrying out a full investigation to identify the man responsible.’

Anyone with any information about the incident should contact Dorset Police or Crimestoppers. 

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