Samuel Opoku, The young man believed to have Ghanaian roots is accused of tossing faecal matter on five people is to appear in a courtroom later today. Samuel is charged with five counts each of assault with a weapon and mischief. The 23-year-old was arrested Tuesday night with regards to the three alleged attacks.
Dozens of people including students from the University of Toronto, one of the alleged places the incidents happened crowded outside the packed courtroom Wednesday morning. Police allege a man threw liquefied fecal matter on a woman and a young person on Friday at U of T’s John P. Robarts Research Library.
Opioid is believed to be the same suspect to have attacked a man and a woman at the Scott Library on Sunday, and a woman at a downtown intersection Monday night.
The first incident took place Nov. 22, when Samuel allegedly entered the University of Toronto’s John P. Robarts Research Library and poured a bucket of crap on a man and a woman.
An eyewitness told CityNews a “concentrated feces-like smell” overpowered the room.
On Nov 22, Opoku allegedly carried out a similar sordid assault, dumping feces on a woman and man at York University’s Scott Library. Security photos from York show Opoku smiling as he carries what appears to be a bucket.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said the arrest brought relief for the whole city.
“Great work by @TorontoPolice arresting an individual in the “feces attacks” investigation,” Tory tweeted. “He can’t face justice or be given help until apprehended and it seems our police have that in hand. I hope this arrest will help calm concern on campuses and across the city.”