Toronto Subway Attacks

I went to college in Toronto. Lived at the Museum and Dufferin subway stops. Frequented Osgoode and Spadina. I never had a problem with violence. Never ever felt threatened in Toronto.

I don’t know what has become of this city, but this, and the announcement of 125 arrests this AM related to gang violence tells me that T.O. is in very rough shape. That’s been true of the outer skin for years, but now – even more – it’s penetrating the central core.

Wouldn’t wanna be ya…

SUBWAY CRIME
Attack in Museum station was another random act of violence
KATE HAMMER
April 2, 2009

It has been a rough year for those who ride the subway, who might be looking over their shoulders after an attack at Museum station was determined yesterday to be yet another random act of violence underground.

The attack happened only six weeks after three boys were shoved by a stranger at Dufferin station, two of them falling into the path of an oncoming train. Just weeks before that, a gunman opened fire on a platform at Osgoode station soon after unwitting commuters stepped off the train.

The latest attack comes almost a year to the day after an 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg as a train pulled into Spadina station. And it comes exactly a month before 38 new officers begin patrolling subway cars, streetcars and stations.

In the most recent attack, a 57-year-old woman was struck in the head as she disembarked from a northbound train at Museum station, shortly before 1:15 p.m. Monday.

She was able to stumble upstairs to inform transit employees of the attack and was taken to hospital with serious but non life-threatening injuries. Police found a knife discarded in the station.

Transit employees recognized the attacker as a regular at Museum station, and police reviewed surveillance camera footage in order to help identify him.

Despite the recent rash of random violence within the subway system, Toronto Transit Commission chairman Adam Giambrone maintained that commuters are safe underground.

“The numbers go up and down unfortunately every year, but most of 1.6 million people who ride the system every day have a safe trip,” he said.

Ridership is up 3 per cent in the first 10 weeks of this year compared to 2008, but crime data won’t be available until midyear, he said.

Edward Owase, 30, was arrested Monday night in connection with the Museum station attack. He has been charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and failing to comply with recognizance.

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