Statement from the University Of Toronto

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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