Police identify ‘violent and dangerous’ female suspect in unprovoked Toronto stabbing
TORONTO – Rohinie Bisesar has three university degrees and glowing professional references on her LinkedIn page. She is also wanted by Toronto Police for allegedly stabbing a stranger at a downtown drugstore on Friday.
Police have identified the 40-year-old Toronto resident as the “violent and dangerous” suspect wanted for attempted murder in connection with an alleged unprovoked stabbing just before 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon.
The incident took place at a Shoppers Drug Mart in the underground PATH system underneath Wellington Street West.
Police claim Bisesar entered the store and “stabbed the victim without provocation.”
Andris Pone, who identified himself as a friend and colleague of Bisesar’s for about seven years, said he wanted the public to know that she is a “very calm individual” despite the allegations against her.
“What has been alleged is extremely, with a capital E, out of character for her,” he said. “I also want to tell Rohinie that she needs to turn herself in.”
The victim, who police said is in her late 20s, sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital in critical condition.
“[The woman was] shopping when another woman, completely unknown to her, enters the store. [The suspect] produces a knife and she stabs her,” said Const. David Hopkinson.
“Our suspect then leaves the Shoppers Drug Mart. That woman was rushed to hospital in grave condition. She remains in grave condition.”
“I believe that she was stabbed in a vital organ … I don’t think things could be much worse for her.”
On Sunday, police released surveillance images they say show Rohinie Bisesar before the alleged stabbing took place.
Bisesar is known to frequent the Financial District. Her LinkedIn page claims she is an advisor and investor in Toronto, with references publicly mentioning her “hard work and determination” and “warmth and interpersonal skills.”
The profile also states she has an MBA in finance, a BAS in general management, a BSc in molecular biology, a certificate in mining, and a Canadian Securities Course certification.
Pone said he received a text message from a mutual friend about the incident and was “completely and utterly shocked” to hear of what had allegedly happened.
“Rohinie is a very gentle person, she speaks in a whisper,” he said.
“Physically she is tiny, she might be 5”1’ in heels and I would be exaggerating if I said she weighed 90 pounds.”
Pone said Bisesar was “highly educated,” “a professional career woman” and a “sophisticated individual.”
“I don’t know what has happened with her but it’s just so incredibly out of character,” he said. “I just think it’s important for the police and public to know that.”
Hopkinson said investigators are urging Bisesar to contact a lawyer and turn herself in.
If spotted, police are asking the public to call 911 and not to approach her as she is considered violent and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto Police or Crime Stoppers.
With files from Steve Morales
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