Police hunt for suspects behind Annex swarming

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING a bloody attack that took place on St. Patrick’s Day in the Annex.

Three men, ages 19, 20 and 21, were walking in the area of Bloor Street and Bathurst Street when they were swarmed. According to police, they were approached by nine men and a woman. One of the suspects engaged the victims in conversation. A second suspect, yielding a knife, grabbed the 19- year-old male from behind and sprayed an unknown substance in his face, causing him to become disoriented.

The suspects punched and struck the 20-year-old male on his head with an unknown object. Another suspect held a knife against the victim’s throat, pulled him to the ground and rolled him onto his stomach.

The suspects then stole the victim’s wallet and threatened him with further violence.

The 21-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen with a knife.

The victims were taken to hospital for treatment.

Earlier that evening, three suspects are reported to have robbed a 17-year-old in the same area. They held a knife against the victim’s throat and demanded his knapsack.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact police.

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