Police hunt 3 men for assault on woman at York U

CBC News

Posted: Apr  9, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Last Updated:  Apr  9, 2011  12:00 PM ET

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Valerie Bustros was assaulted by three men on the campus of York University. Valerie Bustros was assaulted by three men on the campus of York University.  (CBC)

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Toronto police have released pictures of three men wanted in connection with an assault on a woman at York University.

The incident happened Tuesday night and was caught by security cameras.

Valerie Bustros, 24, who works at The Underground Club and Restaurant on the York University campus, was at the Absinthe student pub when she headed to the women’s washroom.

As she approached the washroom she says a man told her she was using the wrong washroom — that she should use the men’s.

Bustros says she told the man she was a woman and a lesbian.

When she came out of the washroom a scuffle took place between Bustros and three men. Bustros was hit and kicked but said she fought back, throwing punches.

“I was on my back, I was on the ground, I remember getting kicked in the face a little bit,” she recalled.

The men fled before campus security arrived.

On Friday, Bustros said that when she saw the security camera video of the attack it brought back the deep anger she felt during the attack.

“The rage that I saw in myself, because I was very angry. I didn’t expect it. It was interesting to watch, to see again and how the whole thing played back and I remember how I felt after the end of it, like I felt so broken and rattled,” she said.

Toronto police say they are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime and are looking for three suspects whose images were captured by the security cameras. Police describe all three as brown, about 140-160 lbs and between 20 and 30 years of age.

In his statement the York University president said “nowhere is inclusion and tolerance more important than here at York.

“With such an incredibly diverse community, it is essential to recognize and respect the different beliefs that exist within our University. Together, our responsibility is to embrace our shared differences — be it sexual orientation, race, faith, age or gender — and to condemn those who deny our members their fundamental rights.”


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