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2 suspects sought in home invasion of vulnerable people

Two suspects are being sought after a violent summer home invasion that targeted vulnerable people with a history of mental illness, Toronto police say.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on July 30, a man and a woman broke into a community housing apartment at 184 Harbord St. The man grabbed a kitchen knife and pressed it against the 57-year-old resident’s neck, demanding his wallet.

During the robbery, a woman who was visiting screamed, which was heard by a neighbour, 58, who tried to help but was punched in the nose and robbed of a necklace by the suspects as they fled the building.

“These individuals targeted vulnerable people,” Staff Insp. Mike Earl said.

“We’re hoping that the public and the media can ID these two individuals” and get them off the street, he said.

Police say the victim’s credit card was used shortly after the home invasion to buy $2,000 worth of merchandise at a sporting goods store on Queen Street West.

Video images of the two suspects, who were described as black and in their mid-20s, were captured by bank machines.

The two victims were taken to hospital and treated for their injuries.