The Toronto Police Service is informing the public of a hate-motivated attempt murder investigation.
The incident occurred on Friday, June 17, 2022 at 12:23 p.m., on board a Toronto Transit Commission bus in the Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street West area.
It is reported that:
– a man was on board a bus
– a woman was also on board the same bus
– the man poured a flammable liquid on the woman, then ignited it
– the man then left the area
Tenzin Norbu, 33, of Toronto, was located nearby and arrested. He has has been charged with the following offences:
1. Attempt Murder
2. Assault with a Weapon
3. Common Nuisance Endanger Lives/Safety of Public
4. Mischief over $5000-Interfere with property
Norbu will be attending court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Monday, June 20, 2022, at 10 a.m. in court room 206.
Based on the information at this time, there is no ongoing concern to the public. This is believed to be an isolated incident.
After consultation with the Service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit, the investigation is being treated as a suspected hate-motivated offence.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.
When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation will be led by a Divisional investigator. The Hate Crime Unit will be made aware and specialized officers from that unit will support the investigation as needed.
If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge will consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.
Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent. Members of the Hate Crime Unit will provide assistance and support to the divisional investigators in seeking the Attorney General’s consent to lay these charges, if applicable. These charges are often laid at a later time.