Man stabbed at College subway station, suspect in custody in what police call unprovoked attack
Toronto police have one person in custody after what they call an unprovoked stabbing happened at College subway station.
Responding officers got the call just after 12:40 p.m. on Monday, and upon arrival encountered a 60 year old man with a serious stab wound on the southbound Line 1 subway platform.
The victim was rushed to a trauma centre with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Oliver Zhu witnessed the incident and said it was scary to watch the events unfold in front of him.
“A bunch of people started running towards my side of the train … they were screaming ‘run, run’ and ‘get out of here,'” Zhu said.
“Then I see four or five guys together, fighting on top of each other … I saw this guy holding a knife.”
Zhu said it was at that point that he ran out of the train.
“There was a lot of blood,” he said.
“It was scary but the police got there really fast.”
The incident shut down Line 1 for about 20 minutes between Bloor and Union stations before service resumed, bypassing College Station for cleanup and an investigation. The station fully reopened at 4:30 p.m.
“The man was unconscious but breathing just before being transported by paramedics,” Toronto Police Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu told Global News Radio 640 Toronto. “The information we had from our forensics team on scene is that there was a lot of blood.”
Police recovered an icepick from the male suspect upon his arrest.
“TTC special constables searched the platform and found a man they believed to be responsible,” Toronto Police Const. David Hopkinson said. “There was a brief foot pursuit and a brief struggle.”
The suspect was also taken to hospital as a precaution.
27 year old Thomas Somerville of Toronto has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, and carrying a concealed weapon.
He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday.
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