In the third similar case in the city in four days, Toronto police are investigating after a man allegedly dumped a bucket of human waste on a female victim near the University of Toronto’s downtown campus Monday night.
Police responded to a the call just before midnight in the area of College Street and University Avenue.
“A young girl had a bucket of waste, feces, dumped on her,” said Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson. “I don’t know what to say, I’m at a loss, this is absolutely disgusting.”
The suspect is described as a black male, around 30 years of age, tall with a medium build, wearing a yellow construction hard hat, gloves and a blue shirt.
Police are investigating two similar assaults, at York University on Sunday and U of T on Friday.
Police believe one suspect is likely responsible for all three attacks. They released photos of the suspect on Monday, describing him as a male in his 20’s with a medium build. He is seen in photos wearing a black hat, a blue hoodie, light coloured pants and black gloves.
Yanni Dagonas, acting chief spokesperson for York University, confirmed Monday that an unknown man entered Scott Library and threw a substance, suspected of containing fecal matter, on a student.
“As a public university we work to make the resources of our libraries as open as possible,” they said. “What happened was shocking and assistance was provided to those affected.”
On Friday, someone allegedly entered Robarts Library at the University of Toronto and tossed fecal matter at another person.
On campus on Tuesday, several students said they’re worried the suspect in the attacks is still be at large.
“I’m not going to stop coming at the library but I’m definitely checking over my shoulder every now and then,” said Ethan Deneault, a student in the neuroscience program, who says he visits Robarts Library at least three times a week.
Emily Leonard, a PhD student in the Ancient Greek program and a frequent user of the Robarts Library said it’s especially “scary” because of the serial nature of the attacks.
“I actually wondered if I should come here today or simply just go home,” she said.
“Unbelievable that a person would be going around doing this.”
A U of T spokesperson said they are supporting the police in their investigation. A suspect description for that attack has not been released.
Victor Kwong, a spokesperson for the Toronto police, said the victims of each attack are all Asian, though the police do not believe the attacks were racially motivated.
“We don’t know if that’s the connection, because we have different parts of Asia in there. Some (of the victims) were from the west side, some from the east side, so it’s not like they were all Chinese, per se.”
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Kwong said the police are forensically inspecting an orange bucket they found following last night’s attack to see if the feces are, in fact, human.
On Tuesday, Mayor John Tory told reporters he’s hoping the suspect will be tracked down quickly.
“It’s completely inexplicable, I don’t know why someone would do such a thing,” Tory said. “This is a person, to me, who has some very serious issues, it would seem. The most important part is that they’re tracked down.”