Knife-wielding man at Eaton Centre robs boy

Investigators are trying to identify this man, who is believed to be responsible for stalking young...

Investigators are trying to identify this man, who is believed to be responsible for stalking young boys at knife-point on two occasions in the Eaton Centre. (Toronto Police photo)

Chris Doucette, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

TORONTO -- The hunt is on for a knife-wielding man stalking young boys at the city's busiest shopping mall.

Police believe the same predator is behind two frightening attacks during the last few weeks at the downtown Eaton Centre.

They have released images of a suspect in an effort to warn the public and hopefully make an arrest.

The most recent incident happened Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. when police responded to a call for "a person with a knife" in the Yonge and Dundas Sts. mall.

"An 11-year-old boy, while shopping at the Eaton Centre, was approached by (a man), police said Thursday. "The (man) indicated that he had a large knife and physically led the boy around the mall."

The victim managed to escape after handing his cash over to the stalker, police said.

The knife-wielding man is black, about 19 years old, 5-foot-9 to six feet tall and 160 pounds with his hair in short twists.

Police said a man matching that description also accosted two 14-year-old boys at knifepoint in the Eaton Centre on Nov. 19. That attack wasn't initially reported to cops.

The man threatened the boys while once again "physically leading them around the mall."

"The boys were able to make good their escape," police said, adding nothing was taken from the pair.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect, or who has information regarding this case, is urged to contact police at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


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