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Three people go to jail after assaulting TTC employees

Last Friday, August 17, courts found three persons guilty in separate incidents for assaulting or threatening Toronto Transit Commission employees. The courts sentenced all three to jail and each also faces various prohibitions from using the TTC.

A man attempted to enter Union subway station without paying a fare at 10 p.m., Thursday, July 5. When a TTC supervisor stopped the man, he struck the supervisor with a bicycle. He then assaulted the station collector, who was coming to help the supervisor. He also assaulted a Toronto Police Service officer, who was on the scene for another matter, and damaged a police cruiser.

Christopher Bisson, 32, pleaded guilty to numerous charges. The court sentenced him to a total of 110 days in jail, and probation for two years, including a ban from using the subway for that period. It also barred him from any TTC vehicles or premises with alcohol in his system.

Ahmed Muhiyadinali, 50, pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to 10 days in jail for threatening to kill a bus operator in the early hours of Tuesday, August 14 after refusing to pay a fare in the Junction area of the city.

Ulises Cruz, 19, pleaded guilty to assaulting a bus operator. At 3:20 a.m. Saturday, March 10, Cruz tried to board a bus on Wilson Avenue without paying a fare. During the dispute, he punched the bus operator in the face. Cruz fled the bus, but Toronto Police Service officers arrested him a short time later. He spent two days in jail and received one years’ probation, 75 hours community service. The court also barred him from using the TTC between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., and from being on TTC property at any time, while he has alcohol in his system.

On average, at least two TTC employees are assaulted every day. The assaults range from punching, slapping and spitting, to threatening physical harm or death. The TTC’s court advocates work with Crown attorneys and the courts to secure the stiffest penalties possible for those convicted of assaulting or threatening TTC employees. They continue to seek ways to restrict those convicted of these crimes from using public transit in Toronto.