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Here’s the Photo of the E-Biker who Assaulted a Cyclist

Earlier today we let you know that police were looking for an e-biker / e-scooter user who had assaulted a cyclist in the Spadina & Harbord area:

The driver of the e-scooter allegedly punched the cyclist several times in the face before driving away, police say.

The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-six, with shoulder-length blond hair. He was  wearing a black/red winter jacket and khaki pants.

Above is a photo of the e-biker captured by a surveillance camera.  If he looks familiar, let the police know at 416−808−1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A tip on the Toronto Police Service Facebook Page.

See the TPS Press Release here (PDF).

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Assault in bike lane has Toronto Police on the lookout for e-scooter driver

 

The driver of the e-scooter allegedly punched the cyclist several times in the face before driving away, police say.

The suspect is described as white, 5-foot-six, with shoulder-length blond hair. He was  wearing a black/red winter jacket and khaki pants.

Read the full post: “Assault in bike lane has Toronto Police on the lookout for e-scooter driver” on Posted Toronto .

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Assaulted for Biking past a Streetcar

 

Yesterday, Denise Ing broke one of her cardinal rules of biking and biked by a streetcar stopping for passengers.  A waiting passenger assaulted her and the other TTC passengers supported this action.

 

I’m friends with Denise, and she’s one of the nicest people I know, and I share her belief that cyclists should not bike past stopped (or stopping) streetcars.  Assaulting someone is a crime, and the TTC driver as well as the TTC passengers who did nothing after this happened should be ashamed.

 

Denise admits that she shouldn’t have biked past the streetcar, and the following is her story:

 

For the worst days of winter, I had decided to combine my Bixi membership with a TTC Metropass in order to keep biking a regular part of my commute.  As I biked east toward the Bixi station at Queen St. W. and York St., I spotted the 501 Queen streetcar coming up behind me.  In a bid to catch the 501, I raced towards my destination, arriving at the intersection just behind a 502 Downtowner streetcar with passengers already stepping off the curb.  

In a split second, I decided to go against my better judgement, and proceed on my bike.  This action also went against my personal beliefs; I am usually the cyclist waiting patiently for TTC commuters to board and disembark, and shouting at cyclists who callously plow through them.

But my impatience got the better of me, and I committed an offence.  As I biked behind a passenger, he turned around suddenly and body checked me.  The sturdiness of the Bixi saved me from flying into the glass TTC shelter, and I recovered quickly.  I screamed at the man who had just assaulted me, while he shouted back his justification for this act.  

I quickly parked my Bixi at the station, and ran back across the intersection in time to board the streetcar of my assailant.  I demanded that the streetcar operator call the police to report an assault.  There was a collective groan from the passengers.  The TTC employee asked me if I was hurt.  I was forced to admit that I was not.  “Do you really want to delay this streetcar full of people for nothing?” he asked.  Some of the passengers started heckling me.  

In desperation, I asked the TTC employee to kick my assailant off the streetcar so that we could both wait for the police on the sidewalk.  I could not hear his answer in the chorus of protests.  “Why should he be kicked off?” “You shouldn’t have been cycling past a stopped streetcar!”  “It was your fault!”  I cannot recall hearing anything from my assailant, who hid at the back, letting others take up his cause.

As I stood in the middle of the streetcar, shaking from the adrenaline still coursing through me, I withered under the hostility and indifference.  For these TTC passengers, I represented every cyclist who almost hit them when they should have stopped, every fixie aficionado who couldn’t skid stop fast enough, every cyclist who biked merrily on, oblivious to the shouts of outrage directed at his or her back.

I retreated for the exit of the streetcar, throwing accusations at the passengers that they had just assisted in an assault.  One passenger got up abruptly, announcing that she was getting off because she did not support the assault.  Others watched in silence.  To the credit of the streetcar operator, he did not slam the doors shut in my face.  

It meant a lot to have the support of that one passenger, but it was upsetting to be the focus of the simmering anger of TTC riders, kindled by a thousand discourteous acts of my fellow cyclists.



[photo by draughtsmon]

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Woman, 64, sexually assaulted during downtown bike ride

PoliceAwful news from CP24 today:

A 64-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she rode her bike along a quiet downtown Toronto neighbourhood Sunday morning.

Toronto police say the woman was in the area of Spadina Avenue and Baldwin Street when a man she did not know approached her.

She told police she was sexually assaulted during the encounter.

Authorities are asking the public’s help in identifying a suspect. The white man is believed to be in his 40s and was wearing a brown sweater with a white T-shirt underneath as well as blue cut-off jean shorts, brown running shoes with no socks and a baseball hat.

Police say the man is about 5’9″ with a medium build and an unkempt appearance.

Witnesses or anyone with information are being asked to call the Sex Crimes Unit at 416-808-7474. Anonymous tips can be left with Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

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