Call this one a Nightmare on Queen Street.
It’s a Friday the 13th horror story that wasn’t reserved for the movies and was as twisted as one could ever conjure up.
The weapon was not a gun, knife, bomb, pipe, or even a car or van.
It was a piece of wire.
Toronto Police have accused a 45-year-old man of stringing some wire across the street to try to injure a motorcyclist.
It all happened Friday at 12:34 a.m., when police say they “responded to a call for a personal injury collision in the Queen Street East and Jarvis Street area.” When they started to look into it, even hardened coppers could not believe what they were seeing.
Const. David Hopkinson says “a man found a pile of wire near the roadside” that was “attached to a pole.” Instead of just leaving it, or continuing to walk by, he allegedly used it to commit a serious crime.
“He stretched the wire across the roadway” and, Hopkinson alleged, “as a motorcyclist passed, he tightened the wire.”
It worked too.
“The motorcyclist was ‘clotheslined’ off his bike.”
Thankfully, the victim received just minor injuries, but it doesn’t take much imagination to think of how bad this could have turned out.
Phillip Gaudet is charged with assault with a weapon, mischief – endanger life, and fail to comply with recognizance.
He was to appear in court Wednesday.