Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing ‘rampage’
A 62-year-old man is facing multiple charges, including four counts of attempted murder, following what police describe as “a bit of a rampage” near the former Maple Leaf Gardens on Sunday morning.
The incidents occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Church and Carlton streets.
Toronto paramedics tell 680News that a woman and a man — both in their 20s — were stabbed in the torso, while a man in his 40s was stabbed in the back.
Police say a fourth person, a woman, was attacked but was not stabbed.
The three who were knifed were taken to a trauma centre and are expected to recover.
Police said Shawn O’Neill was taken into custody near Yonge and College streets.
Along with the attempted murder charges O’Neill is facing multiple counts of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous.
Det. Phil Hibbeln said at this point in the investigation it appears that the people were allegedly attacked at random and police aren’t yet sure what sparked the stabbings.
“Good witnesses gave us some good information, some good detail,” Hibbeln said. “We have statements from them and it will definitely help us piece this together.”
Carlton was closed for the investigation but reopened to traffic around 1 p.m.
Convicted killer admits to
robbery spree to fuel drug
A brazen bandit, who once killed a Kingston doctor to feed his drug habit, has admitted to 13 holdups in a Toronto and Winnipeg robbery spree.
Corey Richardson, who targeted one financial institution after another and used the TTC to make his getaway, will be sentenced on March 4.
Richardson held up staffers at 11 Toronto banks between June 26, 2013 and Aug. 7, 2013 plus two more in Winnipeg before he arrived here.
His latest crime wave ended calmly when police arrested him at a Toronto Community Housing building on Aug. 12.
Richardson’s lawyer Ari Goldkind said his client always intended to plead guilty last week and take responsibility for the robberies that feed his drug habit.
“It was a slow march to a guilty plea as the evidence was strong,” Goldkind said in an interview.
In four of the robberies, the 45-year-old was captured on surveillance cameras wearing the same blue T-shirt with big letters across the chest spelling “Winnipeg” — the city he was released into May 31, 2013 after his last prison stint.
Richardson showed his cocky side by committing one heist at a bank just steps from Toronto Police headquarters.
Police said they believed Richardson was purposely targeting banks along subway lines.
Richardson has been in and out of prison over the past two decades, mostly for robberies, but also for the 1992 strangulation of Kingston physician Dr. Henry Shaffer, 87.
The career criminal pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1994 for the death of Shaffer, who was being hounded by drug users wanting him to write prescriptions for narcotics.
Two days after the bound body was found in the doctor’s office, Richardson tried unsuccessfully to fill a prescription for Dilaudid with the pad he stole from Shaffer.
When he was charged for the murder six months later, Richardson was already behind bars on unrelated robbery charges.
He was sentenced to eight years for killing the doctor and, once freed in 2008, he embarked on a bank robbery spree in Toronto.
Richardson pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery in 2009.
Shortly after he was paroled in May 2013, he held up two banks in Winnipeg on the same day, June 18, before heading east.
Police charge man with
sexually assaulting women on
A 35-year-old man accused of sexual assaulting women on a TTC bus has been arrested after police released an image of a suspect over the weekend.
Police say the man was travelling on the 100 Flemingdon Park bus at around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 when he stood behind a 31-year-old woman and allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The victim then moved to another location on the bus at which point police say the suspect stood behind a different woman and allegedly sexually assaulted her.
One of the victims from Oct. 21 then spotted the same man on the 100 Flemingdon Park bus on Nov. 13 at around 6 p.m. and observed him standing behind another woman and moving in the same way he did on the day in question.
Ahmad Ayoubi, of Toronto, was arrested on Monday by officers from 54 Division and the Transit Patrol Unit and charged with two counts of sexual assault related to the two incidents that took place on Oct. 21.
Police tell CP24.com that additional charges could be forthcoming.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-5400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).