The Toronto Police Hold-up Squad is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects wanted in the vicious beating of a city storekeeper.
On September 15 at around 4 a.m., two men wearing bandanas entered the convenience store at 596 Queen St. W. and violently assaulted the 73-yearold male clerk before scampering off with cigarettes and a small amount of cash.
The victim called 9-1-1 before being transported to hospital where he remains in serious condition.
“He has internal bleeding, broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and other injuries,” said Staff Inspector Mike Earl at a press conference at police headquarters on September 25. “We really want to introduce ourselves to these individuals and get them off the street. If they were left there, they can no doubt kill somebody.”
Despite the fact that no weapons were involved in the robbery, Earl said the level of violence exerted by the suspects is frightening.
“With retail robberies, they get what they carry,” he said. “It didn’t shock me they didn’t get a lot. What shocks me is the amount of violence they put on this victim. This is not normal in a retail store robbery. Normally, the bandits will go in and make a demand for cash…This is instantaneous violence. They immediately went behind the counter – one jumped and one walked -- and started laying a beating on the poor victim.”
The suspects are described as White and Black males that are well-built between 5’10” and 6’. The White male was wearing a shirt with the words, “God, Guns & Money” emblazoned at the back.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7350, Crimetoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online atwww.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.