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Social worker stabbed at interim housing apartment, suspect arrested

Last Updated Aug 5, 2020 at 9:20 am EDT

A woman has been taken to hospital after being stabbed near Yonge Street and Broadway Avenue. CITYNEWS/Rick Helinski

A City of Toronto social worker is recovering in hospital after she was stabbed on Tuesday while on shift at an interim housing apartment in midtown.

Emergency crews responded to a call for a stabbing on Broadway Avenue, near Yonge Street, around 7 p.m.

Police said the suspect, 55-year-old Darren Hynes, stabbed the woman and then rushed at other staff while brandishing a knife.

Building security was notified and held the man until police arrived.

The victim was rushed to a trauma centre with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Hynes, who is believed to be a client of the program, was taken into custody by police and faces a charge of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and weapons dangerous.

The building currently houses 150 clients until September, when it’s set to be redeveloped.

The City said they’re conducting a full review of the incident as they work with Toronto police.