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Man allegedly involved in three feces attacks appears in court

Samuel Opoku has been charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and mischief interfering with property.

Toronto police have arrested a suspect they believe was responsible for three feces related assaults on university campuses. 

23-year-old Samuel Opoku was arrested Tuesday evening on Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. Opoku has been charged with five counts of assault with a weapon and mischief interfering with property. 

The first of the attacks took place at the University of Toronto Robarts Library on Nov. 22. Opoku allegedly entered the library with a bucket of foul-smelling fluid and dumped it on a stranger. 

Two days later, on Nov. 24, another man and woman had feces dumped on them and their belongings at the York University Scott Library. 

Videos of the incident’s aftermath depict a brown liquid covering a laptop and the surrounding area. 

The third attack took place outside of a University of Toronto building on College and McCaul St. where Opoku allegedly approached a woman in the area and drenched her in fecal matter. 

During the investigation, the police released images of the suspect to help identify him.

Toronto Mayor John Tory commented on the string of attacks calling them “inexplicable.”

“I find this kind of behaviour inexplicable. You just can’t understand why anybody would go around and do this kind of thing,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. 

“This is a person, to me, who has very serious issues it would seem,” said Tory, urging anyone with information about the attacker to come forward. 

Opoku appeared in court on Wednesday at 2 p.m. to a full courtroom. Up to 50 people attended Opoku’s hearing, including many students from nearby universities. The court had to change rooms to accommodate the crowd size.

Opoku was not released on bail and a bail hearing has been set for Tuesday.

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