Toronto Police have arrested and charged one man with assault after a suspect allegedly pushed another person onto the subway tracks at Bloor-Yonge Station during rush hour on Tuesday evening.
Two men are said to have gotten into an argument on a subway platform at approximately 6:14 pm on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, according to Toronto Police Service Const. Cindy Chung.
“The argument escalated into a physical altercation,” Chung told blogTO. “One man pushed the other man off the platform level onto the tracks.”
Fortunately, police say the victim was helped off the tracks before a train approached — which is lucky, given that TTC trains run more frequently than normal during rush hour, arriving at least every two to three minutes between 3 pm and 7 pm.
TTC Special Constables who were on the scene managed to arrest the man and turn him over to police, who in turn charged the individual with assault.
Toronto Police and TTC officials are working together to investigate the incident.
While this particular incident was sparked by a fight between two men, as opposed to a random attack involving strangers, Toronto residents were spooked this morning to learn of yet another violent outburst on the local public transit network.
Last month, in December of 2022, a 31-year-old woman was fatally stabbed aboard a train at High Park subway station — one of two victims who were said to be randomly attacked by a 52-year-old stranger at the time.
Even more recently, six people were attacked with a weapon by a single female suspect while riding TTC’s busy Yonge-University line during the morning commute. The bloody aftermath was captured on camera.
In June of 2018, a 73-year-old man was famously pushed in front of a train on the Bloor-Yonge subway platform by a stranger and killed.
Toronto Mayor John Tory addressed the recent rash of violence last month during a press conference, stating that the TTC remains a “very safe system” despite all of its recent high-profile troubles.
“What we have to do is make sure that they are reminded of the fact that we have a very safe transit system and that the understandable anxiety that comes from a tragedy like this is addressed,” said the mayor. “Like having some increased physical presence of people on the trains and in the stations.”
The transit agency itself has many safety features and programs in place to deter violence, listed in a recent news release as follows:
- Transit Special Constable strategically patrolling the system to deter and respond to security incidents
- Working with Toronto Police Service to increase their presence across the system
- Cameras and emergency alarms in all stations and vehicles
- Two-way communications systems on platforms in the Designated Waiting Areas
- Uniformed staff through the system who can contact transit control directly to assist customers
- The SafeTTC app to report suspicious incidents in real time
- Transit control centre has a direct line to 911 to respond to emergencies
- Modernizing stations to add more cameras and have more staff visible to deter criminal acts