Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance identifying a suspect in a violent assault on a downtown street November 20, 2013 at 4 a.m.
A 32-year-old man, in the company of his girlfriend with whom he was celebrating her birthday, was punched and kicked in the head by a man who was with a group of friends watching the Brazil versus Chile soccer contest at the nearby Studio Event Theatre at 333 King St. W.
The victim was attacked after his girlfriend fell to the ground. The suspect may have wrongly believed the victim had assaulted his girlfriend.
The victim was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries while the suspect fled the scene in an unknown vehicle.
The suspect was caught on surveillance video.
The suspect is described as 5’8” to 5’10” with a thin-to-medium build. He was wearing a “Letterman” or “Varsity” jacket with navy-blue-and-white leather sleeves with “MMXIII THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB” in white letters on the back of the jacket.
The suspect, who spoke French, is believed to be from the Montreal area.
“We don’t know that for certain, but his associates spoke French and they seem to be of a Spanish background,” said Detective Constable Julie MacInnis of 52 Division.
The victim is still recovering from his injuries.
“He almost died,” MacInnis said. “He had emergency surgery and he is due for follow-up surgeries in May. In addition, he has permanent hearing loss.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dets. MacInnis or Jason Shankaran at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
Social Media Constable Scott Mills reached out through the Spanish and French media, with the help of Constables Danny Vega and Tina Trepanier, who translated material and gave interviews.
Mills created and shared several videos in relation the case.
“We are a global world,” said Mills (@GraffitiBMXCop). “People who have the information we need could be anywhere. Social media is one of the best vehicles to reach the right people with the right information in a timely way anywhere in the world.”
YouTube Videos from Constable Danny Vega interview in Spanish by CHHA 1610 AM Voces Latinas:
French liaison officer Constable Tina Trepanier (@FrenchCop) has posted content in French on her official Toronto Police twitter account.
Toronto Crime Stoppers have content posted on Facebook.