2020 Toronto machete attack

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2020 Toronto machete attack
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date24 February 2020 (UTC−03:00)
Attack type
Stabbing, terrorism
PerpetratorUnidentified 17-year-old male
MotiveIncel ideology

The Toronto machete attack was an attack in a Toronto massage parlour on 24 February 2020.[1][2][3][4]


Emergency crews were called to the establishment after reports of a man and a woman who were seen outside with laceration type wounds. The two wounded outside were taken to hospital with serious injuries.[1][4]

Inside the establishment a woman was found fatally wounded and she died at the scene. The woman was later identified as Ashley Noell Arzaga.[4] She was 24 years old.[1] She was a mother to a young girl and friends described her as a doting parent.[4]


A 17-year-old was arrested and charged with first degree murder and attempted murder.[1] He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.[1][5][4]

In May 2020, the charges were upgraded to "murder - terrorist activity" and "attempted murder - terrorist activity.[2][3][5] In a joint statement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto Police Service announced that investigations had determined that the attack "was inspired by the Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremist (IMVE) movement commonly known as INCEL. [sic]"[2][3] They also said: "As a result, federal and provincial Attorneys General have consented to commence terrorism proceedings, alleging that the murder was terrorist activity ... and the attempted murder was terrorist activity."[2][3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Westoll, Nick (February 25, 2020). "17-year-old charged with 1st-degree murder after stabbing at Toronto massage parlour". globalnews.ca. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Bell, Stewart; Russell, Andrew; McDonald, Catherine (May 19, 2020). "Deadly attack at Toronto erotic spa was incel terrorism, police allege". globalnews.ca. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Bolsvert, Nick (May 19, 2020). "Homicide at Toronto massage parlour was an act of incel terrorism, police say". CBC.ca. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Herhalt, Chris (May 19, 2020). "Massage parlour stabbing was act of 'incel' terrorism: RCMP". CP24. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Cecco, Leyland (May 19, 2020). "Canada police say machete killing was 'incel' terror attack". The Guardian. Retrieved May 20, 2020.