Man charged in fatal Toronto subway stabbing wanted in Newfoundland: court documents

By The Canadian Press

Court documents suggest the man accused in the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old at a Toronto station was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Newfoundland at the time.

Toronto police say Jordan O’Brien-Tobin, 22, was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder in the weekend stabbing.

Court documents from Newfoundland and Labrador provincial court show a man with the same name and date of birth is wanted on an outstanding warrant for breaching probation conditions.

The warrant was issued on April 15, 2021, in St. John’s, remains active, and says O’Brien-Tobin’s last known address was in east Toronto.

Toronto police allege O’Brien-Tobin stabbed Gabriel Magalhaes in an unprovoked attack while the teen was sitting on a bench at a subway station on Saturday night.

Police said the teen died in the hospital after the stabbing.

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The teen’s death came as the TTC has been dealing with a series of high-profile cases of violence. On Sunday night, a man was stabbed on a TTC bus about four kilometres north of Keele station.

Stuart Green, a TTC spokesman, extended condolences to Gabriel’s loved ones and said safety “is paramount to all the TTC does.”

TTC CEO Rick Leary spoke with Toronto police deputy chief Lauren Pogue over the weekend about enhancing safety on the system, he said.

“We remain committed to working with police, the City of Toronto and our union partners on ways we can all make the TTC as safe as possible for customers and employees,” Green wrote in a statement.

“We also know that there are bigger societal and systemic issues at play when it comes to the root causes of these incidents that require a multi-pronged response.”

Toronto police had stepped up its presence on the transit network in late January by enlisting more than 80 officers to put in overtime shifts for extra patrols on the TTC. Those additional shifts came to an end on March 13. Police said they were returning to deploying on-duty officers on the TTC for regular, proactive patrols.

The TTC has added 50 temporary security guards as well as community safety ambassadors and outreach workers to the system this year.

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