Toronto police arrest suspect in St. George subway stabbing

Toronto police have arrested a man in connection with an “unprovoked” stabbing at a TTC subway station on Tuesday night.

Police say officers were called to St. George’s station around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday evening for reports of a stabbing.

A 30-year-old man was reportedly sitting on a bench talking to someone when he was stabbed in the neck by another man. The attack appears unprovoked, police said.

Images of the suspect were distributed by police after they said he fled after the stabbing.

Danta Easterbrook, 23, of Toronto, faces a gun attack.

He was due to appear in court on Thursday morning.

The incident comes just days after a 39-year-old woman suffered a broken rib after police said she was pushed onto the subway. Video obtained by the Star shows the shove that took place at Bloor/Yonge station last Sunday. The suspect, 45-year-old Edith Frayne, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

A week before that incident, police said a man was strangled unconscious during a robbery at Pioneer Village station.

Earlier this month, a 21-year-old man was shot dead outside Sherbourne station in what police believe was a random attack. A 39-year-old man has been charged with first degree murder.

Following these attacks, unions representing Toronto’s transit workers have called on the TTC to increase the number of agents patrolling the system.

The TTC lowered its minimum staffing requirement to eight last year, although TTC spokesman Stuart Green says it will never get that low.

“The actual bodies on the street are 40 a day. It would never be eight,” he said.

Green did not immediately answer when asked why the agency lowered the minimum number last year, even though attacks on the transit had increased sharply, but noted that the TTC is in the process of hiring 56 additional special agents.

With files from Ben Spurr and Gilbert Ngabo


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