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A second person is facing an aggravated assault charge in connection with an alleged homophobic attack on the Toronto Island
A second person is facing an aggravated assault charge in connection with an alleged homophobic attack on Hanlan’s Point earlier this month.
On Wednesday morning, police said a man turned himself in to 52 Division. Felix Tauveron, 24, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on August 4.
The arrest comes after officers arrested 24-year-old Elijah McGibbon in Toronto and charged him with aggravated assault over the weekend.
Police are continuing to investigate the violent attack, which they said took place on June 5 at 11:30 pm near the Hanlan’s Point ferry docks on the Toronto Island.
Investigators said a 24-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were heading to the docks when they were involved in a disagreement with a group of people. A man from the latter group made homophobic comments and then two men from the group punched and kicked the 24-year-old, leaving him with “significant injuries,” police said.
A day later, David Gomez identified himself as the victim in a social media post, writing that his assailants called him homophobic slurs, followed him around before he was “knocked unconscious and beat nearly to death.” A GoFundMe campaign for his recovery has since raised nearly $49,000.
The hate crime unit is continuing to support 52 Division in the ongoing investigation.
Social media users had previously linked Ottawa Redblacks player Chris Larsen to the attack, but he has since told reporters that was cleared. The CFL team suspended him pending an investigation.
A police spokesperson would not comment on whether or not Larsen a is considered a suspect because the investigation is still active.