Man arrested after woman burned on TTC bus
A Toronto man is facing charges after a woman was allegedly set on fire on a TTC bus on Friday, in what police are now describing as an alleged “hate-motivated” attempted murder.
Tenzin Norbu, 33, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, public nuisance and mischief. He is scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Ave. W. Monday morning.
The attack happened near Kipling station in west Toronto around 12:23 p.m.
In a press release published On Sunday evening, police reported that a man on a TTC bus poured a flammable liquid on a woman on the same bus, before setting her on fire. The man fled the scene, but was located nearby and arrested, police said. Police had reported the man’s age as 35 on Friday, but on Sunday it was clarified as 33.
The woman, who is in her 20s, was helped by TTC employees, bystanders, firefighters, police and TTC special constables, before being rushed by ambulance to hospital. At the time of the incident, police said in a Tweeter the victim suffered “serious injuries related to burns”.
TTC CEO Rick Leary told CP24 on Friday afternoon that the woman was in “serious condition”.
Shortly after the attack, a TTC employee called transit control, saying there had been a fire on bus #8062.
“I have a female. She may have second-degree burns,” the employee said, in a recording of the call obtained by the Star. The victim is conscious and breathing, the caller says, and the fire is out.
“There was a male who set the female on fire.”
In a statement On Friday, Leary said the TTC was “shocked” by the attack. “Our thoughts are with the victim for a full recovery.”
In Sunday’s statement, police said it was “an isolated incident” with no public concern.
“After consultation with the Service’s specialized Hate Crimes Unit, the investigation is being treated as an alleged hate-motivated offence,” the statement said.
The attack comes after a series of violent incidents that recently occurred on Toronto’s transit system. In April, unions representing the city’s transit workers asked the TTC to increase the number of officers patrolling its stations after a man was stabbed in the neck while standing on the St. George station platform.
The knife attack came just days after a 39-year-old woman was pushed onto the tracks at Bloor-Yonge station.
In the same month, a 21-year-old man was shot dead outside Sherbourne station in what police described as a random attack.
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