A Toronto man faced charges after he allegedly set a woman on fire on a TTC bus on Friday, which police now describe as an alleged “hate-motivated” attempted murder.
Tenzin Norbu, 33, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, general nuisance and mischief. He is to appear in court at 2201 Finch Avenue W on Monday morning.
The attack happened at around 12:23 pm near Kipling Station on the west end of Toronto
In a press release issued on Sunday evening, police reported that a man in a TTC bus poured flammable liquid on a woman in the same bus, before setting her on fire. Police said the man fled the spot, but was located nearby and was arrested. On Friday, the police had given the age of the person as 35, but on Sunday his age was given as 33.
The woman, who is in her 20s, was helped by TTC staff, bystanders, firefighters, police and TTC special constables, before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Police said at the time of incident Tweet The victim was suffering from “severe burn-related injuries”.
TTC CEO Rick Leary told CP24 on Friday afternoon that the woman’s condition was “serious.”
Soon after the attack, a TTC employee called transit control and said that bus #8062 had caught fire.
“I have a woman. She, possibly, has a second-degree burn,” the employee says in the 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 Friday, Leary said the TTC was “shocked” by the attack. “Our thoughts are with the victim for his full recovery.”
In a Sunday release, police said it was “considered an isolated incident” of no concern to the public.
“After consultation with the Service’s Special Hate Crimes Unit, the investigation is being treated as a suspected hate-motivated crime,” the release said.
The attack follows the recent violent incidents on Toronto’s transit system. In April, unions representing the city’s transit workers called on the TTC to increase the number of officers patrolling their stations after a man standing on a platform at St.
A 39-year-old woman was pushed onto the tracks at Bloor-Yonge station just days after she was stabbed.
That same month, a 21-year-old man was shot dead outside Sherborne station in what police described as a random attack.
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