Woman charged with tossing chairs from Canada high-rise

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2019

A 19-year-old woman is facing charges for allegedly throwing furniture off a highrise balcony in downtown Toronto.

The woman surrendered around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning to Toronto police's 52 Division.

Zoia is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief endangering property and common nuisance.

Zoia made a brief court appearance on Wednesday afternoon and was released on C$2,000 (US$1,500) bail and ordered to live with her mother.

On Tuesday, police urged the woman to turn herself in, saying that they now knew her identity.

On Monday, a video began circulating on social media that appears to show a woman dressed in black trousers, a black leather coat and black high heels tossing the chair over the balcony, which is several storeys high. "They will give her an opportunity to tell her side of the story and then they'll decide on what charges are warranted", Const. David Hopkinson told CityNews.

'It was not just a lark gone bad.

Neighbors told CTV that the apartment where the chair was thrown from is used as a short-term rental unit.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said the video shows "grossly irresponsible behaviour".

"I just hope that people take from the example the consequences that will befall this woman". While the video ends before the chair hits the ground, police said the chair was found damaged "almost beyond recognition" at the entrance of a nearby building. He added, "This could have caused death or injury and is not acceptable".

"We see people coming in... and out every weekend and it's never the same people", one man, who didn't want to be identified, said.

"We remain outraged by the blatant disregard for community safety on display in the video", the company said in a statement. "We will be suspending any guest's accounts that appear to be connected to this incident".

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