Assaults on the rise with stabbings in Willowdale and Englemount
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.