Two men have received jail sentences for assaulting two TTC drivers.
In March 2011, a man boarded a bus operating along the 25 Don Mills route and threatened to shoot the bus operator and the passengers on board unless the operator let the suspect ride for free. He ordered the operator to move the bus immediately. The operator managed to notify Transit Control and Toronto Police Service officers from 54 Division arrested the suspect. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on board the bus captured the attack on film.
A week ago Wednesday, November 7, Ozzie Cole, 37, pleaded guilty to assault, threatening death and breaching his probation. The court sentenced him to 60 days in jail and 18 months probation.
Last August, a man attacked a subway operator after the operator told him not to walk through the doors between cars on the train. He kicked the TTC driver in the knee, striking his head between the subway cab door at the frame. The man fled the scene, smashing the collector booth window in the station. Officers from the Toronto Police Service’s 22 Division arrested the man — with the help of witnesses from the subway who had followed him to the street. The attack has left operator permanently disabled and he is no longer able to drive TTC vehicles.
This Monday, November 13, Sover Aransibia, 27, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and mischief. The court sentenced him to six months in jail and two years probation.
On average, at least two TTC employees are 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.