TORONTO – Police say they are confident they will make an arrest after a shocking video that appears to show a man urinating on a sleeping homeless person outside Toronto’s Eaton Centre was posted online.
Toronto police Det. Kirby Reddin says investigators believe the incident happened between Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 of last year.
Police have released security camera video and photos of the suspect, who is described as black, between 18 and 25, with an average height and build and black hair tied back.
He was last seen wearing a grey baseball cap with a dark brim, a grey jacket with black sleeves, baggy blue jeans with a blue pattern on the right back pocket and a red pattern on the left rear pocket of his jeans.
Detective Kirby Redden says he has never seen anything like this.
“I think this is one of the worst acts of degradation that I’ve seen in my career.”
Ann Marie Batten of Street Health told 680News that when she first saw the video she did not want to believe it was real.
“To be honest I was hoping that it was a fake,” she said. “To me, it is the most appalling thing I’ve heard in my career.”
Det. Redden said police need to locate both the suspect and the victim in the video but Batten said that may be easier said than done.
“It’s very difficult within the homeless community because sometimes folks don’t want to be known so it may be a bit of a challenge to find this man but we’re willing to work hard at that,” she explained.
Det. Redden said he believes they will be able to find the man who committed this crime.
“Somebody knows who this person is. If you look at the pictures posted in our press release, he’s got very distinctive clothing on, specifically his rear pockets of his jeans,” said Det. Redden.
Batten said she recognizes the victim but does not know his name. She is appealing to anyone who works in the homeless service, who may know the victim, to contact police.
The video was uploaded Tuesday onto the website World Star Hip Hop and has been viewed nearly 190,000 times.
Det. Redden said the video was posted yesterday but filmed several months ago.
“We were working with retailers at the Eaton Centre and we were able to determine by the display window that was in the background of the video that this display was put up on November 17 and taken down December 1.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).