Gunman beats squeegee kid

Graeme Bacque (gbacque@idirect.com)
Wed, 15 Jul 1998 08:27:12 -0700


Wednesday, July 15, 1998  The Toronto Sun

 Gunman beats squeegee kid

  Passenger loses it: Police

         By IAN ROBERTSON, TORONTO SUN
    A downtown squeegee kid was beaten and threatened
  yesterday by a pistol-packing car passenger.

  It happened, ironically, soon after city councillors rejected a
  bylaw to outlaw squeegee kids.

  The 26-year-old victim was attacked around 5:30 p.m., after
  being waved away from a car at Yonge and Richmond Sts., Det.
  Richard Neeson said.

  "But apparently some water flicked on to the windshield and a
  guy got out and beat one of them on the sidewalk," he said.

  The screaming man, a passenger in a car police said was driven
  by a woman, jumped back into the car and came out with a
  silver-colored revolver.

  Neeson said some people get angry with squeegee kids, but
  taking a beating and facing a gun "is taking it too far." The bruised
  and battered victim's injuries were not serious.

  The detective described the gunman as black and about 35 years
  old. He was riding in a black 1995 Chrysler Sebring.

  The Yonge-Richmond Sts. intersection is about six blocks east of
  city hall, where councillors in mid-afternoon voted against
  adopting a bylaw to restrict street begging. It was branded
  ineffective and unenforceable.

  Anyone with information on the attack can call police at
  808-5200.

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