Toronto police are seeking public assistance in identifying a soccer fan who allegedly attacked a man last fall, after he wrongly concluded that the victim had assaulted a woman.
The incident occurred in the area of King Street West and Peter Street, at around 4 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2013.
According to police, a 32-year-old man and his girlfriend were out celebrating the latter’s birthday.
The suspect was with another group — celebrating Brazil’s win over Chile in a recent soccer match — at the Studio Event Theatre at 333 King St. West.
The two groups encountered each other on the sidewalk.
The incident was set off when the victim’s girlfriend accidentally fell to the ground. The suspect believed the victim had assaulted her, causing her to fall. He “violently confronted" the man, struck him and then kicked him in the head once he was on the ground, according to police at 52 Division.
The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. The suspect returned to the Studio Event Theatre with his acquaintances, and then left the scene in an unknown vehicle.
Police say the suspect is between 5 feet eight inches and five feet 10 inches in height, with a thin build and he speaks French. He has been described as being Chilean, or South American, and he wore a blue and white, varsity-type jacket with the words "MMXIII THE BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB" on the back.
Police have released security video of the suspect, which can be viewed below:
The suspect may be from the Montreal area, police say.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, or to contact Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
Police say that they can put tipsters in touch with French- or Spanish-speaking officers, if desired.
This article has been changed to reflect the description of the incident released by police on March 7, which differed on many points from their original March 6 description. The changes are:
1. The victim was originally described as a soccer fan who, with his girlfriend, had been celebrating Brazil’s win over Chile.
2. The victim and his girlfriend were originally said to have been at the Studio Event Theatre.
3. The incident was originally said to have taken place inside Studio Event Theatre.
4. Police originally said the incident was set off when another woman, not the victim’s girlfriend, fell to the ground.
5. Police did not originally say the victim went back into Studio Event Theatre before leaving in the company of his acquaintances.Mar 07, 2014 7:02 PM ET