On April 24 police reported that two men approached 79-year-old Yusuf Hizel on a subway car near the TTC’s Chester station. They allegedly asked him for change and when he refused the two men grabbed him and took his wallet.[iframe: src=”http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?hl=en&gl=ca&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&layer=c&cbll=43.678217,-79.352186&panoid=wJbahgsarfXOnDyNbG21bw&cbp=13,272.95,,0,5.07&msa=0&msid=110498918804118766078.0004872f01d02dbfaf94e&source=embed&ll=43.678146,-79.352553&spn=0,0.005901&z=17&output=svembed” width=”550″ height=”350″ scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″]
Hizel attempted to fight off the muggers, called out for help and attempted, unsuccessfully, to activate the subway’s emergency assistance alarm, but the robbers made good on their escape.
The incident sparked a public debate when it emerged that riders aboard the subway car failed to come to Hizel’s aid.
Shawn Waldron, 27, and Jason Thompson, 28, both of Mississauga, have been charged with robbery and forcible confinement.
Waldron has also been charged with failing to comply with a recognizance while Thompson faces an additional charge of failing to comply with a probation order.
They were scheduled to appear in court Saturday at College Park.