Toronto Police have now opened an investigation into the alleged beating of 65-year-old JPrimitivo Agustin on a TTC subway train. According to a news release published just after 8:00 AM on Friday morning, investigators are now asking for the public’s assistance in locating a suspect, nearly a week after the vicious assault, which reportedly took place on an eastbound subway train. The assault has left the family of 65-year-old Agustin horrified.
The suspect is being described as a male in the age range of 30 to 50. He is estimated to be around 5’9 and 180 lbs with a large build. The suspect was clean shaven, with tan skin and short black hair. He was wearing white shoes and a black winter jacket at the time of the assault.
Police are reaching out to anyone who may have been on the train when the assault took place. Investigators are also hoping to find video footage of the attack. A TTC spokesperson tells CBC that security footage captured by the train’s cameras are reset every 72 hours unless an inquiry is made. The assault was not immediately reported, so it is possible the footage is already lost.
The allegedly unprovoked attack on the senior took place on March 16th around 6:20 AM on an eastbound train that was somewhere between Pape and Broadview station at the time. The victim stumbled off the train at Warden Station after the suspected screamed at him to exit the train.
The 65-year-old man’s daughter was the one to bring attention to the situation after she detailed the disturbing incident in a Facebook post.
"He was sitting quietly on the train 2nd to the last cubicle of train and playing on his phone when random guy suddenly attacked him, grabbed his eye glasses and throwing punches on him. When he’s on the floor the guy kicked him and stamped him many times," wrote the victim's daughter.
If you have any information on the incident, please contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).