Toronto police looking for man who allegedly picked up a child ‘by the hair’ in a park

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Toronto Police Department (TPS) is asking the public for help identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a five-year-old boy in a Toronto park on Wednesday.

On May 11, officers were called to the Grange Road and McCaul Street area at 3:35 p.m. for reports of an attack, according to a press release.

Toronto police told Narcity that a five-year-old boy was playing in Grange Park when the suspect, a stranger to the child and his family, approached him and allegedly picked him up by the hair.

Fortunately, witnesses in the park “stepped in” and were able to help the child, police said.

The suspect reportedly left the scene and “walked away toward Queen Street West”.

Police say the family is “very distraught” and that they want to “solve” the case “as soon as possible”.

“We have officers searching the area. We’re watching video and we’re asking the public if they have any information to contact the police,” a Toronto police spokesperson told Narcity.

The police described the suspect as a person between 25 and 35 years old and six feet tall with “average build, short brown hair, [and an] unshaven face.”

Police said he was also wearing a black shirt around his neck, black rolled-up jeans and red shoes.

An image released by the police shows the suspect with a bare torso and his pants rolled up to his calf on one leg and the other rolled up to his ankles.

Police are asking anyone with information to “contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).”

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