Toronto police say they’ve arrest four people for throwing glass bottles off a 35th-floor balcony while attending a party.
Police were called to the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard and York Street just after 2:30 p.m. for reports partiers were throwing liquor bottles off the balcony of a short-term rental unit.
Upon arriving police witnessed bottles landing on York Street, “narrowly missing and endangering officers on the ground,” according to a tweet from interim police chief James Ramer.
Police later entered a condo on the 35th floor and found “multiple people” in the unit who were gathering illegally.
Seven people were charged with failing to comply with the province’s emergency orders while three men from Toronto and one from Hamilton were charged with a number of offences including common nuisance, mischief endangering life, assaulting a police officer with a weapon, and drug possession.
Santiago Marquez, 22, Diego Caro Osorio, 23, Jeison Torres, 37 – all of Toronto – and Giraldo Angel, 22, of Hamilton all appeared in court Monday morning.
No injuries were reported and the area was reopened to pedestrian traffic approximately an hour after the incident.
During Toronto’s COVID-19 briefing, Mayor John Tory strongly condemned the act, comparing the decision to throw bottles from a condo balcony to the “Chair Girl” incident.
“I think the behaviour itself of the throwing the bottles off the condo building ranks right up there with ‘Chair Girl’ is just being among the most grossly irresponsible acts that we’ve seen it during the course of the pandemic,” said Tory.
“Having a party with 14 people is a bit down the list but it’s up there because it’s against the law and so, some people have been charged in connection with that and in connection particularly with what I think is just negligent irresponsible behavior in connection with the bottles. Fortunately, these are just people who are just so beyond the scale of irresponsibility.”
Toronto fire chief Matthew Pegg says large gatherings if organized, put the City behind with its fight against the virus.
“Gatherings such as the ones we described today and the ones Mayor Tory referenced contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in our City,” Pegg said.
“To me, that is simply irresponsible, it’s unacceptable, and it has the net impact of placing lives at risk placing the capacity of our health care system at risk. Quite frankly, [it] delays the day that we’re all fighting so hard to get to which is the day where this virus is behind us and we can reopen our City and our economy safely.”
Pegg said some charges were laid in a separate incident at Queen’s Park after a crowd gathered for an anti-mask rally this weekend.