September 11, 2015

A man has been sent to jail for 15 months for assaulting and robbing a TTC operator in a vicious assault last year.

On December 17, a man attempted to grab a transfer from a TTC operator at Yonge and Queen’s Quay. The operator placed his hand over the transfers and the man then assaulted the operator by punching him in the head and face. When the employee fell to the floor, the man then kicked him before fleeing with the operator’s wallet and cell phone.

Following an investigation by the Toronto Police Service, a suspect was identified with the help of CCTV images obtained from the bus.

Adedotun Agunbiade, 28, was arrested charged with assault causing bodily harm and robbery. He was sentenced to time served, plus an additional six months for each offence, and fined $400. Agunbiade was also placed on probation for two years, and ordered to stay off TTC property, including TTC vehicles, for two years, to stay away from the victim.

On average, one TTC employee is assaulted every day, ranging from punching, slapping and spitting, to threats of physical harm or death. The TTC’s Court Advocates work with Crown Attorneys and the Courts to ensure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assault or threats on TTC employees, and continue to seek limits on the use of public transit in Toronto for those convicted of these crimes.

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