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Visually impaired man no longer feels safe after daylight robbery

A visually impaired man says he no longer feels safe after he was robbed in a brazen daylight attack at a Scarborough park.

The victim, a 63-year-old man who wants to be known only as K. Thuraisinghanm, says he was coming home from a doctor’s appointment when he saw a man standing in the park near the side door to an apartment building.

“I saw this guy waiting here, pretending to be talking on the cell phone,” he explained. “I suspected immediately something was wrong.”

The suspect then approached Thuraisinghanm from behind and yanked a chain from around his neck before fleeing the area.

The force of the attack caused Thuraisinghanm to fall to the ground.

“I started shouting thief, thief thief!” said Thuraisinghanm. “And he jumped over the fence. I couldn’t do anything.”

Thuraisinghanm said since the robbery, which occurred on Monday around 5 p.m. on Bridletowne Circle, in the Warden Avenue and Finch Avenue East area, he no longer walks through the park and fears for his family’s safety.

Security video of the attack was released by police on Friday.

Police describe the suspect as black, dark-skinned, 18 to 25 years old, five-foot-eight to six feet tall. He was wearing dark pants, a dark vest and a dark-coloured Adidas hoodie with a white Adidas symbol on the back of the hood. The suspect was also wearing white shoes with dark soles.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-4206 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.