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Charges upgraded to manslaughter after ‘unprovoked’ fatal assault on 89-year-old woman in Toronto

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WATCH ABOVE: Woman dead after, man arrested after suspected unprovoked assault in downtown Toronto. Catherine McDonald reports – Jan 20, 2023

Toronto police said a man charged in connection with an unprovoked assault on a woman, who later died from her injuries, is now facing a manslaughter charge.

On Jan. 20 at around 11:38 a.m., officers responded to reports of an assault in the Yonge and King streets area.

Police said an 89-year-old woman was walking on the sidewalk when she was allegedly pushed by the accused and fell to the ground.

The woman died at the scene.

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The suspect fled before officers arrived but was arrested a short time later.

Prior to the assault, investigators said the accused threw a brick through the window of a business in the Church and Front streets area.

Police initially charged 37-year-old Ryan Cunneen with aggravated assault and mischief under $5,000 but in an update on Tuesday, investigators said the charges were upgraded to manslaughter.

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