- According to Toronto police, an attack on a TTC bus where a woman was set on fire is being investigated as a possible hate crime. A man has been charged in connection with the incident.
An attack on a TTC bus in which a lady was set on fire is being examined as a possible hate crime, according to Toronto police, who say a man has been charged in connection with the incident.
It happened at Kipling Station soon before 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
A man on board a bus allegedly threw a flammable substance on a female passenger and set her on fire, according to police.
TTC personnel and citizens in the area assisted the woman, who is believed to be in her twenties. She was brought to the hospital with second and third-degree burns and is still in critical condition.
As per the police, the individual fled the scene but was later apprehended and arrested.
Tenzin Norbu, 33, of Toronto, was identified by police on Sunday. He is seized with tried murder as well as assault with a weapon, among other things.
Following consultation with the hate crime section, police announced that they consider the event a suspected hate crime.
Const. Alex Li told reporters on Sunday that the man and the woman had never met. The attack was an isolated event, according to police, and there was no threat to the public.
“The problem with a random (event) is that we have to figure out what the relationship is or how this happened,” Li explained. “In this case, the fact that it’s random is a matter of concern.”
He praised the “quick gesture of good Samaritans” in assisting the woman.
“Again, the advice to the community is to notify the police immediately if you see something suspicious or observe something that is not right.” “Be aware of your surroundings,” Li said.
On Monday, Norbu is expected to appear in court.
Source: CTV news
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