Police looking for other victims after 2 separate assaults on Durham transit by same man

Oshawa (Mar 13) – Durham police are looking for witnesses or other victims after two assaults on public transit that have been linked to the same suspect.

On Saturday, March 9 at around 3:10 a.m., members of Central East Division responded to the area of King Street West and Stevenson Road for reports of a man being stabbed on a DRT bus.

A man is reported to have approached a passenger, who was unknown to him, and stabbed him twice before fleeing the bus.

Police located the accused a short distance away and he was taken into custody without incident.

The victim was transported to a Toronto area trauma centre with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers are also investigating a second incident with the same suspect that occurred on Sunday, March 3rd at around 5:45 a.m., in the area of Kingston Road and Harwood Avenue on a DRT bus. The suspect was observed assaulting an elderly male passenger. Officers were able to locate the accused, however, the victim left the scene prior to speaking to police.

Investigators are urging anyone who was involved in an incident with this male to come forward to police.

Corey Vaskamp, age 29 of Oshawa is charged with Assault Cause Bodily Harm, Assault with a Weapon, Possession of Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace and Fail to Comply with Probation Order x4.

Anyone with information about the incident that occurred on March 3rd, 2024 is asked to contact Det. Mackinnon of West Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-579-1520 x 2529.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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