Toronto knife attack: Police believe motive was robbery

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The victim’s attacker fled the scene after the incident A man in his 20s is in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in downtown Toronto. The attack…

Toronto knife attack: Police believe motive was robbery

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The victim’s attacker fled the scene after the incident

A man in his 20s is in hospital after being stabbed in the neck in downtown Toronto.

The attack happened at about 10:30 local time (08:30 GMT) on the main thoroughfare of the city’s financial district on Wellington Street.

The victim, who is in a stable condition, was rushed to hospital where he was met by a hero bystander who removed his bloodied clothes and helped him to safety.

Another bystander reportedly chased down the attacker and managed to hold him until police arrived.

The attack was not believed to be random and police believe the motive was likely to be robbery.

Toronto police superintendent Tony Penaloza said the man stabbed the victim while he was sitting on a bench in front of a bank at the corner of the busy street.

“The person who was stabbed is recovering in hospital,” he said.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Officers are investigating the incident, which took place near Toronto’s financial district

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attack is believed to have occurred on Wellington Street, which is one of the busiest in the city

The suspect was later arrested near Hanlan Street.

The attack comes four months after the high-profile mass stabbing in June at the Toronto Eaton Centre that left six people dead and 23 injured.

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