TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto is providing an
update on an incident that occurred in a garage on its St. George
campus last week.
On Friday, November 4, 2011 at approximately 11:40 a.m., University of
Toronto Campus Community Police received a call from a University
employee which alleged that a woman had been heard calling for help in
the garage at 107 St. George Street and had been forced into a car.
Toronto Police were called and attended immediately.
Over the past several days, the police investigation has continued, with
the full cooperation of the University.
We are able at this time to inform our community that the Toronto Police
Service (52 Division) has informed the University that its lead
investigators believe this to be an isolated incident. They indicate
they have no reason to think that any predator is hiding within the
parking-lots or other university property. The investigators are still
hopeful they may identify the registered owner of a vehicle that was
seen leaving the area at the time of the incident, as there has yet to
be a complainant to come forward.
Some media outlets have reported that a female victim was physically
forced into the trunk of a car and that a University of Toronto special
constable witnessed the incident and failed to do anything to assist.
The Toronto Police Service has advised the University that it did not
provide that information to the media and that a detective sergeant
spoke to the media to clarify misrepresentation of the facts in issue.
In response to this alleged incident, the University has increased
patrols in campus garages and parking lots. There are also community
policing programs that are designed to provide a safe and secure
environment for students, staff and faculty at all times. Some of the
safety programs in place are alarm monitoring, security patrols,
WALKsmart escort and emergency (Code Blue) call boxes.
Campus Community Police are available 24/7 and can be reached at
416-978-2222 for urgent matters and 416 978-2323 for general
information and non-urgent matters. For more information on Campus
Police functions and programs, go to http://www.campuspolice.utoronto.ca
SOURCE University of Toronto
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