Toronto Police Hold Up investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with a violent gas station robbery earlier this month.
On June 13 at around 4.08 a.m., a male entered a gas station kiosk in the area of Sherbourne St. and Front St., jumped over the counter and confronted the employee at knife point.
Brandishing a knife, he ordered the victim to open the cash register and lie on the floor.
The victim complied with the request, lying face down on the ground.
After emptying the cash register and placing the money in his hoodie pockets, the suspect stomped on the employee’s head four times in an unprovoked attack.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including a fractured skull and orbital bone along with cuts and bruises to the face.
At a news conference at police headquarters on June 26, Hold Up Insp. Lauren Pogue said the victim was a hardworking employee trying to put himself through school.
“This attack was without cause,” she said. “The level of violence seen in this robbery is extraordinarily disturbing and I am truly hoping that someone from the public may be able to provide us with some information.”
The suspect is described at as a black male, about 5’8’ to 5’10’ with a thin muscular and athletic build.
At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark coloured hoodie with a silver zipper in the front, a bald cap with hood drawn over the bald cap and pulled tightly around his face.
He was also wearing a black ‘Chuck Taylor’-style Converse sneakers and dark gloves.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-7350, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.