As­saults on the rise with stab­bings in Wil­low­dale and En­gle­mount

North York Post - - News -

The rate of as­saults has in­creased by nine per cent in 32 Divi­sion from 2017 to 2018, whereas in 32 Divi­sion that rate has stayed es­sen­tially the same with only a one per cent in­crease. One area of con­cern is the stab­bings that oc­curred in Wil­low­dale and En­gle­moun­tLawrence.

In March, a male sus­pect ap­proached a 57-year-old male vic­tim in the Bathurst Street and Lawrence Av­enue West area. The sus­pect pro­duced a ma­chete and then slashed the vic­tim.

In May, at the Em­press Walk shop­ping com­plex, a 22-year-old male vic­tim was stabbed re­peat­edly and taken to hos­pi­tal with lifethreat­en­ing in­juries. The Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) ar­rested a 23-yearold male sus­pect and charged him with at­tempted mur­der, ag­gra­vated as­sault and car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon.

An­other in­ci­dent in May in­volved a 30-year-old male sus­pect and six teenagers who were all ar­rested and charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault. The group al­legedly robbed a 19-year-old vic­tim who was cy­cling to­ward a plaza near Don Mills Road and Shep­pard Av­enue East. Af­ter the vic­tim cy­cled away, he was struck by a weighted ob­ject and then sur­rounded by 15 peo­ple. Some mem­bers of the group as­saulted the vic­tim while oth­ers cheered them on. The vic­tim suf­fered a sig­nif­i­cant head injury and was rushed to hos­pi­tal where he re­mained in a coma for sev­eral days. In June, the TPS ar­rested the adult male and six teenagers af­ter ex­e­cut­ing nu­mer­ous search war­rants.

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