Suspect in deadly downtown attack charged with aggravated assault

Police said the assault happened around 11:39 a.m. near the intersection of Yonge and King streets. A pool of blood could be seen in front of a restaurant there Friday afternoon. (Chris Glover/CBC - image credit)
Police said the assault happened around 11:39 a.m. near the intersection of Yonge and King streets. A pool of blood could be seen in front of a restaurant there Friday afternoon. (Chris Glover/CBC - image credit)

A 37-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with what police believe to be an unprovoked daytime assault in Toronto on Friday.

A woman, who police confirmed Saturday was 89 years old, died the day earlier after she was allegedly pushed to the ground, injuring her head and face. She died at the scene near Yonge and King streets.

CBC Toronto is not identifying the woman until it's confirmed her next of kin have been notified.

The male suspect fled the scene but was later arrested nearby.

Ryan Cunneen appeared in court Saturday morning, where the Crown asked he be held for three days pending further investigation.

Before the assault, police say Cunneen allegedly threw a brick through the window of a business in the Church Street and Front Street East area.

Court documents show the incident took place at a Subway restaurant. Cunneen was subsequently charged with a count of mischief under $5,000, according to the documents.

Depending on the results of the victim's autopsy, Cunneen may face homicide charges.

Cunneen is set to reappear in court on Tuesday.

Police say an investigation is still ongoing, police say. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators, Crime Stoppers or submit a tip online.