A stabbing incident that killed one woman and injured another at a metro station in western Toronto on Thursday was committed by a stranger to the victim, Toronto police said.
“The defendant and the victim did not know each other,” police said. news release December 9th.
Police responded to calls reporting assaults and stabbings on the eastbound platform of High Park Station around 2:00 pm on December 8. Police arrived on the scene and found two women with knife wounds who were taken to hospital.
police found A suspect, 52-year-old Neng Jia Jin, was arrested at the same subway station. Jin is charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
One victim, Vanessa Kurpiewska, 31, died in hospital shortly after the attack. Her other victim, a 37-year-old woman police did not identify in the report, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and discharged.
Jin’s court hearing is scheduled for Friday morning at Toronto’s Old City Hall.
The random attack comes about eight months after Toronto police reported that the murders of two male victims were also committed by “unprovoked” “complete strangers”.
Kartik Vasudev, 21, was shot dead at Sherbourne subway station on April 7, and Elijah Eleazar Mahepath, 35, was shot dead two days later near Dundas Street East and George Street, according to the National Post.
Toronto Police Chief James Reimer said at a press conference in April that “our investigators were able to quickly draw links,” identifying the suspect as 39-year-old Toronto resident Richard Jonathan Edwin. did.
Police said Edwin had no criminal record and was the legal owner of the weapon used in the attack.
“There is nothing to suggest that he knew either. [the victims]’ said Det. Sergeant Terry Brown. “It was a chance encounter, a chance passage, and for reasons only the suspect knows, these two fell victim that day.”
Canadian Press contributed to this report.