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Toronto subway woman charged with attempted murder


Toronto police said they arrested and charged a suspect with attempted murder after a woman was pushed onto the tracks of a subway station on Sunday night.

Police said officers responded to a call about the incident, which happened at Yonge and Bloor subway station, around 9:03 p.m. Sunday.

When emergency crews arrived, police said they found the 39-year-old victim conscious and breathing. She was rushed to a trauma center in serious but stable condition.

It was later confirmed that the victim had suffered a broken rib.

Police initially said the woman was struck by the train, but a TTC spokesperson later clarified that the woman was able to roll under the edge of the platform, preventing her from being struck by train.

On Monday, hours after police released a surveillance image of the suspect in a bid to identify him, they reported arresting the suspect at Finch Go station at around 6.18pm on Monday.

Edith Frayne, a 45-year-old Toronto resident, now faces one count of attempted murder. She will appear in court on Tuesday in College Park, police said.

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It is unclear why the suspect allegedly pushed the woman and police said there was no reason to believe the two women knew each other.

TTC spokesman Stuart Green told CP24 Monday night that a TTC staff member saw the suspect and notified police.

“What I can tell you is that it was the quick work of one of our collectors who observed someone at a train station and notified the authorities,” he said.

“That’s how we can react. We’d rather incidents didn’t happen in the first place, but when they do happen people can rest assured that we have plenty of eyes, including our fantastic employees who are there to report these things.

On Monday afternoon, Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement in response to the incident, calling it a “shocking attack.”

“I am also assured that the dedicated transit workers who were on duty when this incident occurred receive the necessary support,” he said.

“The TTC is safe and should remain so and I will be monitoring this incident to ensure that the TTC and its partners, including the police department, are doing everything possible to protect the safety of transit riders and employees. “

The incident prompted the TTC to suspend subway service on Line 2 between St. George and Broadview stations. Line 1 trains were also bypassing Bloor-Yonge station due to the incident.

Regular service resumed on both metro lines just after 11 p.m.

This is the second time in five months that someone has been pushed onto the tracks at the Bloor-Yonge subway station. On November 26, police said a suspect pushed a man who fell onto the tracks as a train approached.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact investigators at 416-808-5300 or through Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).




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