Last night at approximately 7:10 PM, police were called to a stabbing in the Commerce Court section of the PATH in the King Street West and Bay Street area of downtown Toronto, near the food court. Paramedics and police rushed to the scene to find a woman who ultimately succumbed to life-threatening injuries from apparent stab wounds. Despite the tremendous efforts from emergency medical services, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. This morning, Toronto Police Services identified the Toronto PATH stabbing victim as 51-year-old Rae Cara Carrington, of Toronto. Police believe the fatal stabbing on Wednesday evening was targeted.
According to police, the suspect is a white male around the age of 20 to 30, and 5'8" to 5'9" in height. He is described to have a medium build, with dark hair and facial hair. When the crime was committed, he was wearing a light-coloured baseball cap and a black hooded sweatshirt with a white T-shirt underneath, as well as dark pants and dark shoes.
Insp. Anthony Poletta informed CP24 at the scene later that night, "Officers attended the scene and located one female victim who had sustained critical injuries. At that point in time, officers began CPR, as well as responding to ambulance and fire services."
He then informed reporters that the victim was pronounced deceased. She was not transported to hospital.
Numerous individuals witnessed the stabbing and reported to police that the suspect ran away after stabbing the victim. However, the witnesses were uncertain as to which direction he went.
Poletta explained to CP24, "At this time, officers from our forensics investigations unit are on scene collecting evidence and there are a number of officers here canvassing the area, speaking to witnesses, as well as reviewing security footage from multiple security cameras that are in the area."
He also said, "There were a number of witnesses that were present during the incident and investigators are currently speaking with those witnesses as well."
Katrina Arrogante, a Toronto Police spokesperson, told reporters that it was "undetermined at this time" whether the suspect and victim knew each other. She stated, "It is quite early in our investigation. At any time we have a violent incident like this, it’s something that we would like to alert the public about so we are hoping for their assistance in trying to obtain more information regarding the suspect himself, what direction he might have gone, in the hopes of capturing him."
Arrogante also informed reporters that Toronto Police do not regard the suspect as a threat to the general public at this point in time, and are hoping to receive tips from anyone who may have additional information that would assist police in locating him.
The scene of the crime has since been closed off to the public as investigators conduct an inspection of the area. So far, this is Toronto's 17th homicide of 2019.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com.