Woman filmed throwing chair off balcony onto busy street now facing charges

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 14, 2019

The woman who was allegedly filmed in a video throwing a chair from a balcony onto the Gardiner Expressway over the weekend has surrendered to police.

She had made arrangements to turn herself in after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and surrendered to police at 52 Division at 7 a.m.

Toronto police said a suspect was taken into custody upon showing up at the police station Wednesday morning.

Police announced the charges against the woman this morning, two days after a video appearing to show the incident went viral and investigators launched a public appeal to identify her. A widely viewed video shot from the apartment balcony shows a woman throwing one of the chairs, which plummets to the street below. "I hope they would've concluded that earlier on".

Speaking after his client's bail hearing, lawyer Greg Leslie said the woman had a "momentary lapse in judgment" when she pitched a chair over the 55 Bremner Blvd. balcony.

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While no one was hurt, someone could very easily have been hit, said Hopkinson, calling throwing the chair "very callous" due to the apparent disregard.

Neighbours have said the unit was used as a short-term rental. "This is irresponsible behavior that is unacceptable", Toronto's mayor, John Tory, said.

"It was not just a lark gone bad". "It was grossly irresponsible behaviour that could have caused serious injury and death". CTV News cites a law enforcement source saying that the chair was recovered close to the building's entrance and was damaged "almost beyond recognition".

Leslie said Zoia understands the public outrage.

Contacted for a statement, Airbnb said it was looking into whether any Airbnb guests were involved.

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