Woman wanted after chair tossed off Toronto condo balcony

Woman wanted after chair tossed off Toronto condo balcony
Kevin Connor
February 11, 2019
February 11, 2019 7:04 PM EST
Toronto Police are asking for help identifying a woman who threw a chair off a condominium balcony towards a busy downtown Toronto highway in a viral video.
In the video, which police say was taken on Saturday around 10 a.m. in the Harbour and York Sts. area, a young blond woman can be seen picking up what appears to be a folding chair and throwing it over a balcony railing. The chair plummets dozens of storeys towards the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Blvd. The video ends before the chair hits the ground.
Police say other items were tossed as well and landed in front of the entrance to the condo building.
The video was posted with the caption “good morning.”
The woman is wanted for mischief endanger life.
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Police now know who she is but can't find her...

State television, eh?
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Cops ID woman who tossed chair off condo balcony, urge surrender
Kevin Connor
February 12, 2019
February 12, 2019 1:31 PM EST
Toronto Police have identified the woman responsible for tossing a chair off a condo balcony towards the Gardiner Expressway over the weekend.
A video posted on social media shows a blond woman throwing the chair over the balcony dozens of floors above Harbour and York Sts. on Saturday around 10 a.m.
The posted video had the caption “good morning.”
The video ends before the chair hits the ground, and police say it landed at the entrance of the condo building.
There were no injuries.
The woman who threw the chair – along with other items – is wanted for mischief endanger life.
Police aren’t revealing how they identified the woman.
“Investigators have identified her and are giving her time to get a lawyer and turn herself in,” Const. David Hopskinson said early Tuesday afternoon.
At this point there is no time frame for the woman to get representation and present herself to police.
Mayor John Tory said this “idiotic behaviour” won’t be tolerated and the woman will be brought to justice
“This could have caused death or injury and is not acceptable,” he said, adding she will stand in a court for her actions.

Woman, 19, faces three charges in balcony chair tossing
Joe Warmington
February 13, 2019
February 13, 2019 6:38 PM EST
The 19-year-old woman wanted for throwing a chair off a downtown Toronto condo balcony has surrendered to Toronto Police.
Marcella Zoia, of Toronto, faces three charges in the disturbing incident that was captured on video and posted to social media, drawing outrage from across the city.
She had made arrangements to turn herself in after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and surrendered to police at 52 Division at 7 a.m. She will appear in
Police on Tuesday had said they knew her identity and were urging her to contact a lawyer and police.
The video – which police said was taken Saturday at 10 a.m. in the York and Harbour Sts. area – shows a woman tossing a patio chair off the balcony of a condo and towards the Gardiner Expressway. The chair plummets dozens of floors and the person filming the video cuts away before the chair makes contact with the ground.
The video was captioned with “Good Morning.” Police said other items were tossed off the balcony as well.
Zoia is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief damage property under $5,000, and common nuisance.
WARMINGTON: Cops now 'walk the beat' on social media
Joe Warmington
February 13, 2019
February 13, 2019 6:42 PM EST
Marcella Zoia, 19, is pictured while leaving Toronto's College Park courts on Feb. 13, 2019. (Jack Boland, Toronto Sun)
A beer can hurled at a baseball player, a bucket of water tossed at a subway passenger, food projectiles targeted at politicians and now a chair thrown from a 20th-floor balcony of a downtown condo.
You can throw it, but you can’t hide from today’s social media sleuths.
“This chair throwing is the highest reported case that I have ever seen,” said Const. Scott Mills, Toronto Police’s social media officer. “It started on Saturday on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other platforms and didn’t stop.”
Online media policing has come of age.
“We now walk the beat on social media,” said Mills. “We work in partnership with the public.”
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Hundreds contacted police about the viral video of a woman — allegedly Marcella Zoia, 19 — chucking the chair toward the Gardiner Expressway 20 floors below.
Within minutes, people not only figured out who she was but found her online profile, too.
Marcella Zoia, 19 (INSTAGRAM)
Police ended up asking Zoia to turn herself in to be charged with public mischief endangering life.
“I want to thank everybody who reported this and let them know we appreciate it,” said Mills.
It wasn’t always this way.
Remember when Luka Magnotta was identified in 2012 posting a murder on a gore site? A U.S. man noticed it but couldn’t get Canadian police to take him seriously.
With the reponse to the latest video, you can see how things have changed.
Today, officers, including Mills, Const. David Hopkinson, Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook, York Regional Police Const. Andy Pattenden and OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, not only monitor what’s happening online, but participate.
They develop contacts and offer the public a point person to contact.
“We receive many direct messages on Twitter,” said Mills. “We respond to it but it is still unofficial so it is important for people to contact police by phone or in person, as well.”
That said, in 2019, if it comes in on social media, police are on it.
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“The public are the best detectives a police service has,“ said former Toronto police chief David Boothby at a CrimeStoppers event last year.
He’s right.
And with social media, the public can very quickly provide a pool of detectives numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Chair tosser influenced by peer pressure: Lawyer
Sam Pazzano Courts Bureau
February 13, 2019
February 13, 2019 8:44 PM EST
Strong peer pressure compelled a 19-year-old woman to hurl a chair over a highrise balcony down to Maple Leaf Square where it shattered, her lawyer said on Wednesday.
Marcella Christianna Zoia, 19, a dental hygenist student, was released on bail Wednesday after Toronto Police charged her with mischief endangering life, mischief damage to property valued under $5,000, and being a common nuisance.
Speaking after his client’s bail hearing, lawyer Greg Leslie said the woman had a “momentary lapse in judgment” when she pitched a chair over the 55 Bremner Blvd. balcony. He added Zoia, who works as a bottle server at high-end bars, was under strong pressure from others to launch the chair.
“It’s clear Ms. Zoia is the one who threw the chair,” said Leslie. “This is not a case whereby we don’t know who did it. It was absolutely peer pressure and a momentary lapse in judgment.”
He added the media put her under a microscope for three days, saying she’s embarrassed and has endured a “traumatic experience.”
Video of the notorious chair toss went viral. Police issued a call for the public to help identify Zoia who is shown throwing a chair — which misses the Gardiner Expressway and hits the street below — over a balcony.
After her bail hearing, Zoia applied lipstick and straightened her hair on the elevator ride before staring silently at the cameras outside the College Park courthouse.
Marcella Zoia, 19 , leaves College Park Courts on Feb. 13, 2019. (Stan Behal, Toronto Sun)
“She wished it never happened. She never wished anyone would be hurt,” said Leslie. “She understands the public outrage. You all heard what’s going on in the video. Those people were putting peer pressure on her.”
Leslie said the police are continuing their investigation into the incident.
Zoia was released on a consent bail of $2,000 and was ordered to live with her mother Maria, a cleaner, at her Harding Ave. home.
Woman, 19, faces three charges in balcony chair tossing
Cops ID woman who tossed chair off condo balcony, urge surrender
WARMINGTON: Cops now ‘walk the beat’ on social media
Justice Rebecca Rutherford also ordered Zoia to obey her mom’s rules and routine. Leslie said the judge refused to impose conditions banning her from balconies and highrise apartments because it’s unreasonable.
Zoia was also prohibited from contacting the other four people on the balcony or from possessing any weapons, ammunition, explosives or intimidating device.
She returns to court March 22.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Chair girl charged!
Jack Boland
February 14, 2019
February 14, 2019 2:48 PM EST
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bill barilko

You all heard what’s going on in the video. Those people were putting peer pressure on her

Oh FFS I understand the lawyer has a job to do but that's beyond pathetic.
This is the "Look at me" generation!