Woman in custody after attacking 6 people at St. Clair Station: police

By Michael Talbot and Lucas Casaletto

A woman is in custody after police say six people were attacked on a subway at St. Clair Station on Monday morning.

Police were called to the station at around 9:24 a.m.

“An off-duty officer was able to detain the woman until officers arrived,” Toronto police said in a tweet.

Paramedics say one person was treated on scene for non-life-threatening injuries. A witness told CityNews the suspect struck a woman with a bottle, cutting her.

Investigators identified the woman as 31-year-old Amina Hassan of Toronto. Hassan faces several charges, including assault, assault causing bodily harm, and five counts of assault with a weapon. She was also charged with breaching probation.

The accused will appear in court on Tuesday. Police say there may be additional victims.

It’s the latest in a string of disturbing incidents on TTC subways.

Last Thursday, police say a man randomly assaulted two people at Kennedy Station.

Investigators say at around 10 p.m. Thursday, the suspect boarded a train at the station and started punching a male rider.

Then around 11 p.m., the same suspect, who was on the subway again at Kennedy station, allegedly approached a female passenger and began to shake her before stealing her headphones while “threatening her with death,” Const. Victor Kwong told CityNews 680.

Brandonn Sevilla-Zelaya, 25, of Toronto, was taken into custody on Saturday and has been charged with Robbery, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, and Uttering Threats.

Last week, a 31-year-old woman died after a double stabbing at High Park subway station that police later confirmed was a random attack.

TTC reassures riders

Following last week’s deadly stabbing at High Park Station, the TTC said it was taking measures to improve safety, while also trying to reassure riders, noting that hundreds of millions of people use the service every year without incident.

“We share the concerns our customers and our employees have when it comes to instances of crime on the TTC. They’re unacceptable to everybody,” said TTC spokesperson Stuart Green.

“Something that we’ve done just in the past week is added additional constable patrols on the subway system just to let people know that we’re out there.”

“Our commitment to our customers and our employees is to do anything we possibly can within our power and within our resources to enhance safety on the system,” said Green.

“But it’s a full team effort. We need support from the city, we need support from social service agencies, we need support from Toronto police, and that’s how you make the TTC safer.”

With files from Patricia D’Cunha

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