Death of a hostage-taker

January 19, 2019 at 09:27 , by admin

Tom Sharkey was the Emergency Task Force’s hostage negotiator during one of Toronto’s most tense standoffs at Union Station in 2004. (Sinisa Jolic/CBC)

On Aug. 25, 2004, at the height of the morning rush hour, Sugston Anthony Brookes, 45, grabbed a complete stranger at random by the clock tower outside Union Station, Toronto’s busiest transportation hub.

His hostage, Nicole Regis, a 20-year-old university student, had just left the station and was on her way to work at the Royal Bank down the street. It was the last day of her summer internship.

Only minutes before, Brookes had tried to kill his estranged wife Marlene in a nearby underground food court. The couple had separated months earlier, and there was a restraining order against Brookes for threatening her with a knife. He had a long history of violence, court records showed.

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