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Yorkville stabbing suspect is in custody, police confirm

Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 11:20 pm EST

Toronto police say the woman wanted in connection with an early-morning stabbing is in custody.

The suspect, identified as well-known executive, consultant and lobbyist Ellis Kirkland, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon.

The incident occurred on Rosedale Valley Road, near Yonge and Bloor streets, around 7:30 a.m., where a 67-year-old man was taken to hospital with multiple stab wounds to the torso. Police say he was stabbed multiple times with a large kitchen knife.

At the time, paramedics said his injuries were not life-threatening. But later, Const. Dave Hopkinson told 680 NEWS the victim’s condition worsened upon arrival at hospital and he is in life-threatening condition.

Police said the suspect fled the scene in a car or SUV which was later recovered.

Soon after, police attended another crime scene at a high-rise on Church and Charles streets, where a woman who matched the description of the suspect was threatening to commit suicide. After a number of hours, police managed to rescue the woman from the building and take her into custody.

Police later confirmed that the rescued woman is the stabbing suspect.

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Kirkland is listed as Director and Vice President of NATO Association of Canada, “an independent non-governmental organization established to foster a better understanding of goals of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Canada’s role in NATO.”

Previously, she was Vice Chair of Kirkland Global Corporation. She has a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Toronto. She was the first female president of the Ontario Association of Architects.

It’s not yet known what sparked the stabbing.