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Woman dead after “unprovoked attack” on downtown Toronto sidewalk

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News of a malicious and apparently random attack in the heart of downtown Toronto – which resulted in the death of an elderly woman – has shaken residents of Canada’s largest city. heading about violent crime in public space.

toronto police service Announcement around 1:00 p.m. A woman died after being attacked by a male suspect on Young and King streets shortly after 11:30 am on Friday.

The suspect, a man with red hair and a beard, is said to have initially fled the scene, but was arrested by police on nearby Richmond Street about an hour later.

Karen Powelleti from Toronto Captured footage of the arrest, the suspect can be seen handcuffed and surrounded by police. I can’t hear him, but he seems to be talking the whole time.

“A man is said to have fled the scene after pushing an elderly woman to the ground,” Toronto Police Deputy Inspector Craig Young said at a press conference this afternoon.

“Emergency services responded and immediately provided life-saving measures, but unfortunately the woman was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of her injuries.”

Young said eyewitness testimony and a “key video canvas for the area” helped police locate and detain the suspect.

“We believe there is no risk to the public at this time as this individual is being held in Section 51, which is currently under investigation for aggravated assault charges,” the inspector continued.

“The Homicide Division has been notified and is monitoring, but is not investigating at this time pending the results of the autopsy.”

The woman is believed to be in her 70s or 80s. Her identity has not been released until notified by her next of kin.

According to Young, video evidence indicates that the woman was “simply walking down the sidewalk” when she was attacked by the suspect.

“The information we have is that she was pushed to the ground and sustained serious injuries to her face and head, but the cause of death cannot be confirmed at this time,” he said at a news conference on Friday. Stated.

“There may be other aggravating factors that occurred during the interaction that may have contributed to the cause of death that may not have been directly attributed to the suspect.”

Although it was not possible to formally confirm that the assault was random, Young said the incident was being investigated as an “attack without cause.” seen a lot soon so waves of violence What the inspector called “incredibly nasty”.

“Today we see another example. random violent attacks on innocent people It’s becoming all too common in our city, in cities across Canada,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement Friday night.

“An elderly woman walking down our main street during the day lost her life in what police described as a ‘reported, unprovoked attack.’ This is a tragedy and our condolences to the woman’s family and her loved ones. ”

Tory went on to thank the first responders for rushing to help the woman and apprehend the suspect.

“Although the facts of this particular incident have not been identified and made public, we all know that we need to do everything we can to identify the root cause of such conduct.” the mayor said.

“We need to invest more in mental health and addiction treatment. We need state and federal governments to do it ASAP. I support in our city budget Because we know we need more cops downtown and all over the city. ”

Torrey concluded that Toronto needed to change its “outdated and unnecessarily ineffective” laws, and said the city “will continue to invest in anti-violence and neighborhood initiatives.”

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