February 25, 2016

A man has been sent to jail for 87 days for brandishing a knife at a TTC subway operator.

On December 29, a man was smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol on the subway platform at Bloor-Yonge Station. A TTC operator asked the man to leave. The man pulled out a knife from his backpack before leaving the station.

Officers from the Toronto Police Service and TTC Special Constables arrested the man while he was leaving the station.

Tyrell Brown, 23, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.  As well as the jail sentence, he was also placed on probation for 12 months.

On average, one TTC employee is assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death. The TTC’s Court Advocates work with Crown Attorneys and the Courts to ensure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assault or threats on TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.


 

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