Man says he tried to fight muggers on TTC
Published Thursday, April 29, 2010 8:32PM EDT
A 79-year-old man who was mugged on the TTC says he tried his best to fight off the two men who attacked him.
"I tried to punch them but it was very fast," said Yusuf Hizel on Thursday, five days after the subway attack.
"Very quickly, they grabbed me and they got my wallet and they just went away."
Toronto police have released clear images of two suspects in the case.
The suspects were videotaped at a TTC subway station on April 24 shortly before the robbery took place at around 8:30 p.m.
Police say the attack occurred on an eastbound subway train, near Chester Station.
Hizel told police one of the suspects sat beside him and asked him if he had any change.
When Hizel said he didn't, the suspect asked him one more time. A second suspect then chimed in and asked for change.
Feeling threatened, the man went to activate the Passenger Assistance Alarm but he couldn't reach it. He told police that he was then grabbed and robbed of his wallet.
"I am an old guy -- they thought that I had money," said Hizel, who only had $40 on him.
The suspects ran from the train at Chester Station as Hizel gave chase. They managed to get away.
Police later found the wallet on Danforth Avenue.
Although several witnesses were on the subway car at the time of the attack, no one came forward to help.
One witness later told CTV News that the robbery took place too quickly for anyone to react.
Despite the attack, Hizel's wife said the couple will continue to take public transit.
"Let me tell you something, all of our lives in Toronto, we are TTC users," said Emine Hizel. "And it will never change"
No arrests have been made in the case.
If anyone has any information regarding the robbery or the identity of the two suspects in the video tape, please contact police at 416-808-5400 or call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.
With a report from CTV Toronto's John Musselman