Toronto police report third incident of man throwing bucket of feces

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Police investigate the scene of a shooting in a parking lot in the west end of Toronto, on the morning of Thursday, Oct., 31, 2019. The shooting, at Jane St. and Harding Ave., happened close to another shooting from Wednesday night in which five teenagers were shot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

TORONTO  A man allegedly assaulting strangers by throwing buckets of feces on them has struck for a third time, Toronto police said Tuesday as they appealed for public help in the case.

Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said the three incidents, which took place between Friday afternoon and late Monday night, all appear to have been carried out by the same suspect striking random targets.

“It’s so bizarre,” Douglas-Cook said in a telephone interview. “You can imagine the questions, and we’re just as confused as everyone _ and just as determined to try to put an end to this. Because it’s just absolutely horrible and disgusting and confusing.”

Douglas-Cook said the most recent attack took place just before midnight Monday at a major intersection in the city’s downtown core.

She said a man in a yellow construction hat and dark blue jacket allegedly walked up to a woman and poured a bucket of liquefied fecal matter over her before running away.

The alleged assault closely mirrored two previous incidents that unfolded on separate university campuses over the weekend.

The first of those came on Friday afternoon at the Robarts Library at the University of Toronto, when Douglas-Cook alleges a man emptied a bucket of feces over a man and woman seated at a table.

Two days later, she said he did the same thing to a man sitting inside the Scott Library at York University.

She said investigators have not been able to pick up on a pattern among the alleged victims, noting they do not appear to have any connection to each other and did not recognize the suspect.

“I’m not seeing any consistency with any one group being targeted, and that includes gender or race or anything at this point,” Douglas-Cook said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory called the alleged assaults “inexplicable” and urged the public to co-operate in helping police close the case.

“I just hope that people support the police in trying to track this person down,” Tory said at a press conference. “This is a person, to me, who has some very serious issues.”