Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 NEWS 3
One man is facing 20 charges af-ter a random multiple stabbing near the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) the morning of Jan. 25 sent three people to hospital, Toronto police said.
Police received a call about a man with a knife in the Church and Carlton streets area around 8:30 a.m. The man allegedly stabbed an 18-year-old man in the chest, a 45-year-old man who was jogging above the kidney, a 19-year-old woman in the rib area and a 28-year-old woman in the chest.
Det. Phil Hibbeln, who is in charge of the investigation, said the 28-year-old woman was not injured because she had a phone in her pocket that deflected the knife. The 19-year-old woman went into the MAC after she was stabbed to get help.
The man also attempted to stab two other people but they escaped.
The attacks were random and happened for some unknown rea-son, Hibbeln told members of the media on Jan. 25.
Paramedics responded to a call about the stabbings at 8:35 a.m. and transported the two men and injured woman to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect was arrested shortly after on Carlton Street near a Col-lege Station entrance.
Carlton Street was blocked off between Church and Yonge streets as well as several doors at the MAC and Loblaws while police investi-gated. The College Station entrance was also blocked off.
Police have not been able to identify the two people who es-caped and are asking them to come forward.
Despite multiple media reports and official confirmation from
Three injured in random stabbing spreeOn Jan. 25, police responded to multiple stabbings at Church and Carlton streets. Ryerson security wouldnt even confirm it happened.
By Eyeopener Staff
police, Ryerson security remained largely silent on the incident until the evening of Jan. 26.
The Eyeopener called security services approximately an hour after the attacks, but they would not confirm that the attacks had happened despite police and para-medics having done so already. The person on the phone said he could not comment on anything because
it was a police investigation. Ryerson did not directly ac-
knowledge the attacks until 11:59 a.m. A Twitter user wrote that there hadnt been a security incident email about the stabbing, to which the @RyersonU account respond-ed, Were waiting for more facts to be known. MAC is open and operating as usual. The account then retweeted messages from the @ryersonrams account originally sent out at 10:06 a.m. and 11:04 a.m. that thanked everyone who reached out following this morn-ings incident near the MAC and another that said the Rams were sending their best to community members affected by this mornings
events.Ryerson security frequently pub-
lishes alerts about incidents on campus but did not release one on the stabbing until the evening of Jan. 26. The alert states that Toron-to police published a news release about a series of assaults with a weapon and provided a link to it.
Ryerson Security and Emergency Services Manager Tanya Poppleton said security received confirma-tion from Toronto police of their activity ... shortly after 9:15 a.m. on Jan. 25. However, an alert was not sent out earlier because there was no threat to Ryerson students or staff.
It is very important to note
that Toronto Police Services ad-vised Ryerson that ... there was no threat to the community, Popple-ton said in an email. She added that Ryersons communications department was monitoring social media for questions or concerns and only received two questions about the attacks on Twitter.
To put that in perspective, an average snowfall generates 50+ inquiries to Ryerson social me-dia channels; a blizzard generates hundreds of social media interac-tions, she said.
Poppleton noted that security has multiple channels that it could use to inform the Ryerson community about an ongoing is-sue, including Twitter, Facebook, an automated message on Ryer-sons main phone line, email and alerts on the front page of Ryer-sons website.
As [police] advised that the in-cident was over and that there was no threat to the community, these channels were not engaged, she said.
During Ryersons Board of Gov-ernors meeting on Jan. 26, Presi-dent Sheldon Levy said the school was taking the incident very seri-ously and would co-operate with the ongoing police investigation.
Shawn ONeill, 62, is facing 20 charges including multiple accounts of aggravated assault, possessing a dangerous weapon, assault with a weapon and attempted murder. He appeared in court on Jan. 26.
This is the second stabbing to happen near the MAC in a month. On Jan. 10, a man was found with multiple stab and slash wounds in an apartment near Carlton and Jarvis streets. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Anoth-er man later identified as the al-leged attacker was found nearby with a samurai sword.
Students weigh in on securitys role on campus
Ivan Hang, 4th-year engineerWe get emails, but its too late because you hear about it after the incident. Theyshould be more proactive. Get on the Ryerson app.
Raisa Henry, 4th-year engi-neerSecurity usually informs you pretty quickly via email and I can see them whenever Im on campus [at] night.
Austin Yee, 1st-year businessI find the main way to hear things ... is through word of mouth. I see security around campus, theyre always there to escort people.
Victoria Corrado, 2nd-year businessI unsubscribed to the emails because it felt like spam. If I want ... I can watch the news or check out Twitter.
Forensic Identification Services investigating the stabbing near the MAC on Jan. 25.PHOTO: JACKIE HONG
The attacks were random and happened for some unknown reason
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Playing the part of the Annoying Talk-ing Coffee Mug this week is the fact that the Ryerson Rams Twitter account talked about the Jan. 25 triple stabbing near the Mattamy Athletic Centre more than security did and thats still not saying much. GO RAMS!
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The Student Learning Centre will open up in a few weeks. Hooray. PHOTO: rOb fOreman
The SLCs bittersweet openingBy Dylan Freeman-Grist
On the weekend of Jan. 17, a menswear store named Stollerys just north of campus was demol-ished suddenly. Well, not com-pletely demolished yet but a work crew took crowbars to the storefront, which dates back to the 20s.
The store was the creation of Montreal defector Frank Stollery, who went off on his own in 1901 after finding himself fed up with the lack of care and quality at his old job.
When the shop opened its doors, the intersection of Yonge and Bloor was suburban, and Franks was the first shop to find success in the now-ritzy Yorkville.
Now to be clear, I never went into Stollerys. It had zero impact on my life. Yet I cant help but feel a bit sick seeing a work crew literally crowbar a piece of his-tory onto the sidewalk below.
In a few weeks our new Student Learning Centre, the crown jewel of Sheldon Levys presidency, is going to open up. The great city builder that hes known to be gets to cut one more ribb