Woman stabbed in the head, face on TTC streetcar downtown; suspect arrested

A disturbing rash of random TTC attacks is calling into question the safety of Toronto’s transit system. As Tina Yazdani reports, the union representing transit workers says the incidents are causing irreparable harm.

By Patricia D'Cunha

Warning: The details of the story are graphic, discretion is advised

Toronto police say a woman has been arrested after she stabbed another woman in the head and face on a TTC streetcar on Spadina Avenue in Harbord Village on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to the area of Spadina and Sussex avenues near Bloor Street West around 2 p.m. and found a woman in her early 20s with multiple stab wounds.

Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the suspect, in her 40s, was arrested at the scene and will face an aggravated assault charge.

Investigators also recovered a knife at the scene.

It is not clear if the suspect and victim knew each other.

“Our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. We will, as always, support the police as they investigate this awful attack. We don’t have any other details at this time,” the TTC said in a statement.

The incident is the latest in a string of violence on TTC property and on its vehicles, and against transit employees in recent days.

On Monday, two uniformed TTC employees were swarmed and injured on a bus near Kennedy Station in Scarborough. The two employees suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Four boys, all 13, were arrested and charged in that incident.

This alleged assault came less than 48 hours after a TTC driver was shot with a BB gun on Saturday night.

Last Friday, police said a man was arrested at Rosedale station after he tried to push a person onto the subway tracks at Bloor-Yonge station.

Earlier in the month, police said they were trying to locate and speak with people who were swarmed and assaulted by a group of girls at several subway stations on Dec. 17, 2022.

According to police, a group of eight to 10 teenage girls “randomly assaulted” several people between 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. along the TTC’s Line 1.

With files from Lucas Casaletto and Michael Talbot of CityNews

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