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Woman stabbed multiple times on Toronto streetcar, police say

A woman in her 20s has been stabbed multiple times on a Toronto streetcar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. A suspect was arrested and the victim taken to hospital with what police say are “life altering” injuries.

A woman in her 20s has been stabbed multiple times on a Toronto streetcar, police say.

Toronto police say they were called to the area of Spadina and Sussex avenues around 2 p.m., where the woman had been stabbed in the face and head. 

A woman in her 40s was arrested and is expected to be charged with aggravated assault, police say. A knife was also recovered at the scene.

Police say they don’t currently believe the victim and attacker knew one another.

The victim has been taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Images from the scene show multiple police SUVs with lights flashing surrounding a streetcar on Spadina. The Toronto Transit Commission said shuttle buses will be operating to get people around the police investigation.

Blood could be seen in the streetcar where the woman was seriously injured in a stabbing Tuesday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

The stabbing comes a day after two transit workers were hurt in what police have called a “swarming” assault by 10 to 15 youth on a bus in Scarborough, three days after a TTC operator was shot with a BB gun, and after a string of other recent, violent incidents against passengers.

“There’s clearly something larger at play here,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green said Monday.

“It is a larger societal issue at play that is outside of the domain of the TTC, but you know, clearly they’re manifesting on the TTC and so we need to be part of those discussions and we are.”

A recent report by the Amalgamated Transit Union 113 found many TTC workers who face violence and harassment on the job fear reporting it.

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