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Ice-pick stabbing on subway was random, unprovoked attack: police

The victim, a 60-year-old man, has gone blind in one eye. One of the stab wounds pierced his skull.

A 27-year-old man has been charged after a random, unprovoked ice-pick stabbing at College subway station Monday, Toronto police said Wednesday.

Richard Lautens/ FILE / Torstar News Service

A 27-year-old man has been charged after a random, unprovoked ice-pick stabbing at College subway station Monday, Toronto police said Wednesday.

A 27-year-old man has been charged after a random, unprovoked ice-pick stabbing at College subway station Monday, Toronto police said Wednesday. The attack left the 60-year-old victim blind in one eye.

The victim and the suspect do not know each other.

“One of the stab wounds penetrated his brain cavity,” said Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson. “He has lost sight in one of his eyes. I don’t know if that’s temporary or permanent. It’s quite bad.”

The incident happened at about 12:40 p.m. Monday when a man approached the 60-year-old, who was sitting on the train. It’s not clear what led to the altercation, but the alleged assailant “produced an ice-pick” and stabbed the 60-year-old several times Toronto police said in a press release Wednesday.

The 60-year-old was in critical condition, with “quite a bit of a messy situation” on the subway platform, said Toronto police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook on Monday. The station was closed for several hours afterwards.

The suspect tried to flee the scene, but was arrested by TTC constables after a short chase through the station.

The 60-year-old was rushed to hospital, where his condition stabilized. Hopkinson said the man remains in critical condition.

Police have charged Thomas Sommerville, a 27-year-old from Toronto, with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon. Sommerville appeared in court Tuesday morning.

With files from Jenna Moon and Alexandra Jones

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