Were you swarmed by teen girls on the subway? Police want to speak with you

Toronto police say they’re trying to locate and speak with people who were assaulted by a group of teen girls at several subway stations on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Police say a group of eight to 10 teenage girls “randomly assaulted” several people between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. along Line 1.

The attacks happened at Queen’s Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, St. Andrew and Union Stations.

Shortly after, at around 12:17 a.m., a man experiencing homelessness was fatally attacked by a group of teen girls in the York Street and University Avenue area.

Police would not confirm that the group in the subway attacks are the same suspects in the murder of Ken Lee, 59, but tell CityNews they are looking into that possibility.

Lee died after he was beaten and stabbed by the group of girls.

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Eight teens — three 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds, and two 16-year-olds — have been charged with second-degree murder in Lee’s death.

They cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act because they are all under the age of 18.

Homicide Squad Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne indicated the girls connected on social media and met up in the city’s downtown core, where they were allegedly involved in two fights before the fatal stabbing.

“They come from varying parts of the city … we don’t know how or why they met that evening and why the destination was downtown Toronto. We don’t know how long they have been acquainted,” he said back in December.

With files from Patricia D’Cunha and The Canadian Press

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