Police are seeking a man who stabbed a man in what they say was an unprovoked attack.
The victim, 23, was listed in critical condition at a local hospital, said Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray. She said the victim, who was stabbed in his back, was grabbed by a stranger near the intersection of Queen Street West and Dundas Street West around 1pm Thursday.
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“One of our officers observed what happened and immediately apprehended the suspect,” Gray said, adding the suspect was found suffering from lacerations to his hand and abdomen.
At least six witnesses and a police officer attempted to subdue the suspect, Gray said. “At no point in time did the suspect threaten anyone,” she said.
She added that it was not clear why the victim was targeted or where he was headed before he was attacked.
The suspect, described as an Asian man in his 30s, is currently in custody. Gray said he will be required to provide a DNA sample before being released from custody and faces a charge of attempted murder.
The victim was also taken to hospital, where his injuries were described as “non-life-threatening”, Gray said.
Dillon Hill, a restaurant worker who witnessed the attack, said the victim was “very groggy” after being attacked and didn’t say much. He believed the assailant tried to snatch the victim’s bag.
“Everyone thinks of this because of Toronto, but we never think of getting stabbed like this,” Hill said.