Vulnerable residents targeted in assaults, though the rate is stagnant from 2016
Incidents of assault often happen in public places, and targets are sometimes vulnerable residents, such as seniors.
Earlier this year, a 73-year-old female victim was walking her dog near Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street when she was approached by a male suspect who struck the dog, and the victim was pushed to the ground. The victim reported to police that she had seen the suspect in the park in the days prior to the incident but did not know who he was.
One of the measures Rom Koubi and the Preserve Thornhill Woods Association put in place to prevent this type of incident is lighting in parks.
“Two years ago, Sandra Yeung Racco [the local councillor] and I worked hard on all the parks that we have in Thornhill to light them, illuminate them and make sure they are obstruction-free so they are always visible from the road,” he said.
Another incident involving an elderly couple was the result of road rage. A male suspect parked his car in front of a 70-year-old male victim’s car at Yonge Street and King Road in Richmond Hill. The suspect then smashed the victim’s driver’s side window with a hammer. The victim’s 100-yearold mother was also in the car and both victims received medical treatment for injuries.