An Ontario man is behind bars after allegedly dumping poo on several victims between Nov. 22 and 25.
Toronto Police confirmed local Samuel Opoku, 23, has been arrested and charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and mischief and also interfering with property.
“On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at approximately 6 p.m. [local time], officers arrested a man in the Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue area,” police said in a statement. “He is scheduled to appear in court at 60 Queen Street West, courtroom 101, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 10 a.m.”
Officers allege the suspect carried a bucket filled with “liquid fecal matter” and emptied its contents on a woman and another young person who were sitting at a table in John P. Robarts Research Library at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.
“The man then fled on foot,” police said.
In the following two days Opoku allegedly assaulted and dumped poo on a man and woman who he allegedly assaulted at Scott Library, and separately threw poo onto another woman who was near College and McCaul streets.
“The man was last seen fleeing on foot, eastbound, on College Street [before being arrested],” police said.
Officers obtained surveillance footage that appears to identify Opoku as he walks into the building. In his right hand he seems to carry the offending bucket of poo, concealed in a plastic bag.
“Security camera image of the man is attached,” police said. “The suspect in both incidents is described as black, in his 20s to 30s, and of medium build. He was wearing a yellow construction hat and a dark-blue jacket.”
City Mayor John Tory commended officers on apprehending Opoku.
“Great work by Toronto Police, arresting an individual in the ‘faeces attacks’ investigation,” Tory said on Twitter.
The mayor promised the suspect will be brought to justice and offered support services if he is found to require mental help.
“He can’t face justice or be given help until apprehended and it seems our police have that in hand,” he said.
Tory also reassured staff and students at the University of Toronto they would be safe from poop attacks for at least some time.
“I hope this arrest will help calm concern on campuses and across the city,” the mayor said.
Anyone with information on the investigation is encouraged to contact police by phoning 416 808 5200. Anonymous reports can be made to Crime Stoppers by phoning 416 222 8477, visiting www.222tips.com, through the Facebook Leave a Tip page, and text messaging the word “TOR” and the police information to 274637.