By The Canadian Press
By The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A man allegedly assaulting strangers by throwing buckets of feces on them has struck for a third time, Toronto police said Tuesday as they appealed for public help in the case.
Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the three incidents, which took place between Friday afternoon and late Monday night, all appear to have been carried out by the same suspect striking random targets.
“It’s so bizarre,” Douglas-Cook said in a telephone interview. “You can imagine the questions, and we’re just as confused as everyone — and just as determined to try to put an end to this. Because it’s just absolutely horrible and disgusting and confusing.”
Douglas-Cook said the most recent attack took place just before midnight Monday at a major intersection in the city’s downtown core.
She said a man in a yellow construction hat and dark blue jacket allegedly walked up to a woman and poured a bucket of liquified fecal matter over her before running away.
The incident closely mirrored two previous incidents that unfolded on separate university campuses in the days before.
The first of those came at the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto, when Douglas-Cook alleges a man emptied a bucket of feces over a man and woman seated at a table.
Two days later, she said he did the same thing to a man sitting inside the Scott Library at York University.
She said investigators have not been able to pick up on a pattern among the alleged victims, noting they do not appear to have any connection to each other and did not recognize the suspect.
“I’m not seeing any consistency with any one group being targeted, and that includes gender or race or anything at this point,” Douglas-Cook said.
Officers recovered the bucket used during the most recent incident and have turned it over to forensic investigators, she said.
Police have also released several surveillance images of the suspect, described as a black man in his 20s or 30s with a medium build.
Douglas-Cook urged anyone with information on the case to come forward to police.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on Nov. 26, 2019.
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