Latest assault near Lakeshore campus spreads safety concerns

by | Oct 2, 2015 | News

Andy Redding
Senior reporter

A sexual assault has shaken the Humber community again.

On Sunday morning between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., a 19-year-old a woman was sexually assaulted near Humber’s Lakeshore Campus.

Police say the woman was grabbed from behind and taken into an alleyway around the Kipling Avenue and Birmingham Street intersection.

A Toronto Police report states that after being sexually assaulted, she managed to break free from her captor.

Although close to the Lakeshore campus, Public Safety Manager for the Lakeshore campus, Rick Follert said, “The victim is not a Humber student.”

The proximity of the incident is what brought the assault to Humber’s attention. The sexual assault took place about two blocks away from Lakeshore’s campus.

“Humber is being very vigilant with this,” said the College’s Director of Communications Andrew Leopold. “We’re putting up notices as we speak.”

The attack is the latest in a string of assaults close to Humber campuses in the last two months.

On both August 2 and September 2, police say female victims were assaulted on the pathway off Humber College Boulevard along Highway 27 near Humber’s North campus.

“The safety and well-being of our students is of the greatest importance to us, so we’re trying to inform the Humber community as quickly as possible,” said Leopold.

Humber security is maximizing its efforts to curb the spike in sexual assaults around campus, said Leopold.

“We have a significant presence doing campus-wide patrols and we have as much camera coverage as possible, with hundreds of cameras overlooking campus,” said Leopold.

The assault comes in the midst of a Humber College push to prevent sexual violence around the community. September was officially Sexual Violence Awareness Month at Humber.

For now, the investigation of the Lakeshore assault is in the hands of Toronto Police. “Humber will help as much we possibly can with the police investigation,” said Leopold.

The suspect is described as black, in his mid-20s, 5’8” to 5’11”, and 120 to 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black or navy t-shirt, baggy pants, possibly wearing a hat, and carrying a cell phone in his left hand.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Toronto Police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.