August 25, 2018
Emergency services at Weston Rd. and Bellevue Cres. after a 30-year-old man was killed in a stabbing on Friday August 24, 2018. Police say the altercation began on the property of the apartment building at 5 Bellevue Cres. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)
By Kevin Connor, Toronto Sun
A 30-year-old man was running for his life after being stabbed in the Weston area of the city Friday morning when he collapsed in the middle of the street.
Emergency crews were called to Weston Rd., near Lawrence Ave. W., around 5 a.m.
Toronto Police Det. Brandon Price says an altercation happened on the property at 5 Bellevue Cres., which is a Toronto Community Housing apartment building, and the victim fled to Weston Rd., where he collapsed. The attacker fled west on Bellevue.
“This incident started on the property and the victim flees being chased by the suspect,” Price said.
The victim, who hasn’t been identified pending notification of next of kin, suffered multiple stab wounds and died in hospital.
On Friday night, Dep.-Chief James Ramer tweeted police arrested a 17-year-old man and charged him with first-degree murder.
D/Chief James Ramer
Homicide has arrested a 17 year old male who will be charged with First Degree Murder in relation to Homicide 67 which occurred this morning at Jane and Bellevue @TPS Homicide
2:02 AM – Aug 25, 2018
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A large bloody knife and a smaller one could be seen on the road with scattered paramedic materials and gloves.
Price couldn’t say if the knives belonged to the victim, the suspect or both.
“We are still in the very early stages of the investigation,” he said.
“There are numerous locations around that have surveillance camera footage, so it is going to take some time to collect that and analyze it.”
The man is the city’s 67th murder victim of the year.
“This has been a busy year, but it isn’t unheard of,” Price said.
One of two knives lies in the middle of the road after a 30-year-old man was stabbed at Weston Rd and Bellevue Cres., near Lawrence Ave., on Friday August 24, 2018. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)
Area resident Tyler Pedro said this is a regular thing for Weston Rd.
“I was just at the murder (Wednesday morning) on Jane Street. I haven’t seen any of these in person, but it is scary,” he said.
“Right here at this corner (Weston and Lawrence) my mother got robbed at the bank machine. It’s a sketchy neighbourhood.”
The crime scene is right in front of the Weston Park Baptist Church, but Bishop Patrick White said that as long as people aren’t involved in drugs, which plague the area, it is a relatively safe neighbourhood.
“Between the church and my office there is an alleyway and it’s right in the middle of the gang territory and they are so obvious when they do their business. They don’t care that they have crossed the line of morals in society,” White said.
Weston Rd. from Lawrence southbound to Bellevue was closed for the investigation.
Published: August 24, 2018