Police searching for suspect after feces hurled onto people at Toronto universities

Police have released a photo of a suspect after people at two Toronto universities had feces thrown on them last week.

Investigators are looking into whether the two cases are connected. Police haven't yet said if students were the intended targets of the attacks, although York University confirmed that the victim on its campus is a student.

The first incident happened last Friday, when fecal matter was thrown onto someone at the University of Toronto in the Robarts Library cafeteria. 

Jason Huang, a fourth-year life science student, told CBC News that he was sitting in the cafeteria when he saw a tall man wearing a yellow construction hat run up to someone and dump a bucketful of brownish-yellow liquid on them.

"We didn't know what it was then ... and then the smell just hits," Huang said.

Submitted by Jason Huang

The man in the construction hat was laughing and ran off, he said.

"He was laughing ... like giggling loudly," he said. "[A] scary kind of laugh."

The university said in a statement that it is supporting Toronto police's investigation.

"As a public university, we work to make the resources of our libraries as open as possible. What happened was shocking, and assistance was provided to those affected," the statement reads.

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The second incident happened two days later on Nov. 24, when a person at York University also had feces thrown on them while they were in the Scott Library.

A York University spokesperson said the incident happened around 5 p.m. ET and that campus security was dispatched to deal with the situation.

Two videos captured after that incident and shared online show some of the fecal matter left behind on an empty chair and a number of shocked students packing up their stuff to leave the area.

Toronto police confirmed in a news release Monday evening that the bucket contained "liquefied fecal matter."

They also issued a suspect description and photo of a suspect in the York University incident.

He is described as a black man in his 20s with a medium build. He was wearing a black hat, a blue top, light-coloured pants and black gloves.

"York University has reached out to the victim of that assault to offer support," said York's acting chief spokesperson Yanni Dagonas.  

"We are also investigating the incident and working with Toronto Police Service."

Police are asking anyone with information to call 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

adam.carter@cbc.ca