Torontonian arrested on suspicion of slashing the faces of two homeless people
The suspect allegedly attacked the victims without being provoked.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Torontonian on Tuesday morning and allege he slashed the faces of two homeless people in separate, unprovoked assaults in recent days.
Inspector Kathlin Seremetkovski said the Toronto Police Service intends to charge the man with two counts of aggravated assault and two additional counts of aggravated assault with a weapon.
News of the arrest came about an hour after police appealed again to the public for help in identifying a suspect.
Today was extremely successful for us, in that we were able to ensure the safety of members of our community now that we have this individual in custody, the inspector told the press.
Detective Kathlin Seremetkovski provided an update following the suspect's arrest on Tuesday.
The man was arrested based on tips from the public and by local businesses that also passed on CCTV footage, she said. Police cannot comment on a possible pattern at this time.
The first attack took place around 7:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Dundas Street East and Victoria Street, investigators said. Police say the victim was outside when someone approached her from behind, punched her on the right side of her face and slammed into her. x27;has fled.
The second assault occurred around 6 a.m. Sunday around Yonge Street and Adelaide Street in downtown. Police say the victim was sleeping outside when a man approached her and punched her in the right side of the face before leaving.
The two victims were treated in hospital and released.
After the attacks, the police increased patrols in the affected areas and contacted shelters and surrounding businesses.
A sharp weapon was used in both cases, according to police.
The man's court date is not yet known.
With information from CBC