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87 days in jail for threatening TTC worker

This is another in a series of “look back” posts as we play catch-up by posting [slightly] older news that’s still relevant to readers.

A court recently sent a man to jail for 87 days after he brandished a knife at a TTC subway operator.

Tuesday, December 29, a man was smoking a cigarette and drinking alcohol on the subway platform at Bloor - Yonge Station. A TTC operator asked the man to leave. The man then pulled out a knife from his backpack before leaving the station.

Toronto Police Service officers and TTC Special Constables arrested the man while he was leaving the station.

Tyrell Brown, 23, pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. He was also placed on probation for 12 months.

On average, at least one TTC employee is 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.