Police identify woman seen on video tossing chair over condo balcony
CTV News Toronto
Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:24PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:16PM EST
Toronto police have identified a woman seen on a widely-circulated video throwing a chair over a downtown condo balcony.
The nine-second video started circulating online over the weekend.
In it, a woman is seen standing on a high floor of a condo building near Harbour and York Streets and chucking a small chair over the balcony railing.
The camera pans over the ledge and shows the chair tumbling toward the Gardiner Expressway.
While the video ends before the chair his the ground, investigators said it landed at the front entrance of another condo building in the area.
The chair and other items, also believed to also have been thrown, were later found by officers.
Police launched a criminal investigation into the matter on Sunday and made a public appeal for information on the woman’s identity one day later.
“We received a lot of tips,” Const. Dave Hopkinson said. “There were a lot of people who were quite outraged by what they saw.”
By Tuesday afternoon, police said they had made contact with “either the perpetrator herself or her representative” and are working on a plan to have her surrender herself.
There was no word on when that might happen.
“We want to be flexible,” Hopkinson said. “If someone’s life was in jeopardy, then we would act faster. We want to give her the opportunity to speak with a lawyer. ”
If the woman does not surrender, police intend to pursue a warrant for her arrest.
“The police are in the process of making arrangements with that female and her representative to surrender herself to a local police division. I’m told that because of the weather, that may not happen today. It may happen later on tonight, if not, tomorrow,” said former homicide detective and CP24 crime specialist Steve Ryan.
The investigation is currently classified as a “mischief investigation, endangering life.”
Ryan said the woman will be arrested upon showing up at a station. At that point, it’s likely charges will be laid.
“She will probably be released on what’s called a recognizance, meaning that she will promise to abide by certain conditions to the officer in charge at the station before being released,” he said.
“She’ll have a court date perhaps six weeks after the date she’s released from the police station.”
Police have described the incident as “outrageous.” They are also looking into whether the condo unit – some 20 to 30 storeys high – was being rented out at the time of the incident.
In a statement, Airbnb said they are investigating whether any guests were involved in the incident.
“We are outraged by the blatant disregard for community safety on display in the video,” the statement reads. “We will be suspending any guest accounts that appear to be connected to this incident.”