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City of Toronto staff member stabbed at interim housing apartment

A City of Toronto staff member has been stabbed at the interim housing apartment location set up during the pandemic for homeless people.

On Tuesday evening, the staff member was stabbed by a client while working at one of the city’s interim housing programs, located at 55/65 Broadway Ave at Yonge St.

On Wednesday, police said they had arrested Darren Hynes, 55, of Toronto and charged him with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous.

Police said Hynes approached staff at the shelter and stabbed a female staff member and rushed at other staff while brandishing a knife.

The injured woman is in hospital and police are investigating.

The city said it will be investigating the circumstances of the incident, including security enhancements if required.

The interim housing program accommodates approximately 150 clients at this site.

The city said the site has 24-hour security guards and on-site video surveillance and mental health workers.

This program is temporary, as the units are vacant pending redevelopment in September.

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