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Passersby saved stabbed woman at Yonge and Eglinton

The streets were bustling at Yonge and Eglinton just past 7:30 a.m. yesterday, with cars lined up at the intersection and people rushing to Tim Hortons to grab a coffee and seek respite from the sub-zero temperatures.

The streets were bustling at Yonge and Eglinton just past 7:30 a.m. yesterday, with cars lined up at the intersection and people rushing to Tim Hortons to grab a coffee and seek respite from the sub-zero temperatures.

Suddenly, witnesses on the street and inside the coffee shop saw a woman in the passenger seat of a minivan being stabbed in the back and face by the driver.

Acting quickly, a man and his girlfriend rushed to the passenger side, pulling the bleeding woman out to safety, while several others joined to carry her to the sidewalk and lay her down, leaving behind a pool of blood on the road.

A witness called 911 and another took down the licence plate of a blue Dodge minivan as it sped off, striking a Honda Accord in the rear bumper near the intersection before driving away on Eglinton Ave. W.

Two hours later, police spotted the van in the Eglinton Ave. E. and Birchmont Rd. area, near the 41 Division police station. When police tried to pull the suspect over, he drove directly into the station and was promptly arrested.

Police say witnesses were instrumental in assisting the woman and helping lead officers to the suspect.

“The two witnesses, a boyfriend and girlfriend, who pulled up behind them as this was going on may well have saved her life,” said Det. Murray Barnes. “They struggled to pull her out of the car as she was being stabbed. And a whole bunch of people from inside the store came out as well.”

Thomas Wilson, 21, saw the scene unfold. He was trying to cross Yonge St. to get to his job at Druxy’s deli on the west side of the street. It was his first day on the job.

“I saw her laying there on the sidewalk in a small pool of blood with two or three ambulance attendants working on her,” said Wilson. “She wasn’t moving. She was all covered up except for her head. I thought at first she had been hit by a car because there were so many cars in the area.”

Police said when they found out the couple had a daughter, they immediately checked on her and determined she was safe.

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