Toronto police seeking suspect who allegedly lifted the shirts of two young girls

A Toronto Police Service logo patch is shown in Toronto, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. An assault at Toronto's Victoria Park transit station, the second such transit assault in two days, left a 50-year-old man with a stab wound to the chest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby. SC

Editor’s note: Toronto police issued an update on Sept. 23, 2023 stating that the man had been identified and there is no further threat to public safety. Global News has removed identifying information. 

Toronto police are looking for a suspect who, in two separate instances, lifted the clothing of an eight-year-old girl, in one case taking a picture before fleeing.

Police say they responded to the first incident on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. at Lawrence West Station.

While an eight-year-old girl was exiting a bus, her path was blocked by a middle-aged man who then grabbed her sweater and lifted it up, police say.

Police say the girl’s mother intervened and the man fled the area.

Later in the week, police responded to a similar incident in the area of Duplex and Glencairn avenues.

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Investigators say a suspect, believed to be the same man, approached another eight-year-old girl walking her dog and asked to pet the animal.

He then bent down and allegedly lifted the victim’s shirt, exposing her stomach, before a family member yelled at the man and pushed the girl’s shirt back down.

Despite the family member’s intervention, the man pulled the girl’s shirt up again, this time taking a picture before fleeing, police say.

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