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Toronto police arrest man in subway stabbing

Cassim Celani Cummings, 20, was arrested in February 2013 in connection with a stabbing on a TTC subway train.

Police have charged a man who allegedly randomly stabbed a subway passenger in the neck.

Cassim Celani Cummings, 20, was arrested at a Toronto apartment building Friday morning and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, three weapons offences and breaching probation orders.

Police identified Mr. Cummings after images were retrieved from subway video footage. Investigators released the photos on Thursday and then made his name public as a result of tips from citizens.

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"We want to thank people for their co-operation and assistance, as well as people who were on the subway car," said Constable Tony Vella.

The attack occurred late Wednesday night as a southbound train on the Yonge-Spadina line was approaching Davisville station.

A 45-year-old man was stabbed once in the neck and was taken to Sunnybrook hospital where he was treated for wounds described as serious but non-life threatening.

Police said the attack happened after a man began bothering people on the subway. He approached the victim, who was seated. As he stood up, he was allegedly stabbed.

"It was random. The victim did not know his attacker," Const. Vella said. "It's quite concerning to us that something like this has occurred, particularly when it was an unprovoked attack."

After the attack, another passenger pressed the security alarm. The assailant disembarked and headed for the exit, where he was photographed by closed-circuit cameras.

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