When a video of a street person being urinated on outside of the Eaton Centre in Toronto became viral, Toronto Police quickly went to work.
In the video a young black man unzips his pants and urinates on a sleeping homeless man. The crime took place between November 17, 2011 and December 1, 2011 in front of Eaton Centre.
The video has outraged the community. Workers in the social service sector are quick to point out that this heinous act is just one of the assaults that street people face every day.
In the video the victim is laying on a religious pamphlet. That pamphlet appears to be one from another street person who frequents the area.
Suspect in Toronto homeless assault
That man has told crisis workers that he too has faced assaults including being spit in the face.
Street health workers believe that they may have a lead on the victim. Anne Marie Batten, a crisis nurse with Street Health, said that it is unlikely that the victim is aware of this attack on him.
"How horrible for this man to find out about being attacked in this way," Batten said sadly.
Police are looking for the attacker in the video. He is thought to be 18-25. When the video was taken he was wearing a grey baseball cap with a dark brim, a gray jacket with black sleeves, baggy blue jeans with a blue pattern on the right back pocket and a red pattern on the left rear pocket of his jeans.