Toronto police are asking the public for help in an aggravated assault investigation by releasing security camera footage of the incident.
The video footage, dated around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 21, shows a group of men shoving two other men into the lobby of a condominium on Richmond Street West, between Spadina Avenue and Peter Street.
Detective Leo MacDonald said the assault was “unprovoked” and that it involved at least five men punching and kicking the two victims, although there could be more. After leaving the victims prone on the floor, the group of men left in a rented school bus.
“It’s one of those party buses. It’s pretty common down here out in the entertainment district,” said Det. MacDonald. “On their Facebook or whatever social media, they say, I rented a school bus and it’s going to leave this location at such and such a time...so it’s fairly common.”
He said the police were following the rented school bus as a lead, but wouldn’t say anything further.
“There were some other leads that we were following up on, and they kind of panned out on us, so that’s why we ended up releasing the video.”
He also wouldn’t identify the victims, but did say one of the two victims lived in the condo.
The footage of the incident can be viewed here.