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Man leaps from GO train after robbery

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Jan 27th, 2016

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A man who stopped a GO train after a robbery could face heavy penalties for the alarm as well as the initial theft.

Toronto police were called to Birchmount Road and Raleigh Avenue, north of Danforth Avenue, around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

Both the suspect and a woman were on the westbound Lakeshore GO train from Oshawa to Union Station. The man tried to take the woman’s purse, did not succeed, and then fled.

Police say he stopped the train, pried open the doors, jumped out onto the tracks, and ran away.

All rail traffic, including CN Rail, was stopped while police, including the canine unit, searched the area. The delay was an hour long, and the suspect wasn’t found.

Police are still looking for man. No one was injured.

If the man pulled the emergency brake, which is located between cars, he could be charged with mischief. If convicted, that carries a $5,000 fine.

Pressing the emergency strip can result in an $85 fine.

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