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Man, 57, charged with first-degree-murder in Yonge subway station death

News Staff | posted Tuesday, Jun 19th, 2018

Toronto police have charged a 57-year old with first-degree murder in the Yonge subway station death.

Homicide Detective Rob North said police were called to the station at around 10:15 a.m. and a man suffering from serious injuries. He died later at hospital.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and North said no other suspects are being sought. He has not been identified.

North said they have viewed the CCTV footage from inside the subway station during the incident.

Police are alleging both the suspect and the victim were waiting for the eastbound train when there is a brief interaction between the two before the victim is pushed in front of the train. There was no audio on the video.

Police say they are still trying to identify the victim, but say he is an Asian man believed to be in his 50s or early 60s with white hair. He was wearing blue running shoes, a white baseball cap and shorts at the time of his death. Police previously believed the victim was in his 20s.

North asked anyone who knows someone matching that description who they haven’t been able to get in touch with, please contact police immediately.

Police say there is no connection between the suspect and the victim.

North said he wanted to address the 7 to 8 people who police believe were direct witnesses to this murder based on CCTV footage. He is encouraging them to come forward to help the investigation.

He adds if anyone is struggling with witnessing this incident, they are welcome to contact victim services.

The suspect will appear on Tuesday in court at 10 a.m.

HOMICIDE ON TTC A RARE OCCURRENCE

When asked about past homicide investigations on the TTC, Ross said the “last time someone was intentionally pushed … in front of a subway, was in 1997 at Dundas station.”

Charlene Minkowski, 23, was hit by a train on Sept. 25, 1997.

Herbert Cheong, 41 at the time, was charged with first-degree murder, but eventually confessed to a lesser second-degree murder charge.

Cheong, a diagnosed schizophrenic, eventually received a long term sentence, with no parole possibility for 15 years. He told the court he’d been kicked out of his rooming house that day and was angry – so he decided to take his rage out on a perfect stranger.

Comments

  • Alexa Hunt (Irina) says:

    I’m surprised that you don’t mention that two lines were affected at the same time because of another accident that happened right after this one but on the Yellow line at College station when somebody jumped under the train around 10:30am.

    I was in one of the following trains. The service was suspended between St. Clair station and Union Station for more than an hour. The crowd on the St.Clair platform was growing and a TTC person couldn’t get info on when the shuttle buses would arrive. Later, I spoke to the TTC operator at Union station and he told me about a jumper at College station. What a difficult day for the train operators and TTC.

    I wish our stations were equipped with the automatic barriers as they have in Hong Kong. They keep the station cool in the summer because of the protection from the air coming from the tunnel and the doors on a platform open simultaneously with train’s doors when the train comes to a complete stop. This protects people and transit from problems like these two.

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