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Man robbing people at gunpoint near Fairview Mall

Police have issued a public safety alert, warning people to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings

A public safety alert from Toronto police for people who live in the area between Don Mills Road and Leslie from Sheppard Avenue up to Finch Ave. By those boundaries, this will also affect those at Fairview Mall.

The alert is about a series of street robberies.

Police say a black male (30 to 40 years old) approaches victims from behind when they are either getting into their cars or sitting in them. He carries a black handgun and demands money and belongings.

The suspect is described as wearing dark clothing; has a skinny-to-medium build and is anywhere from 5'6" to 5'10".

The Toronto Police Service wants to remind people to be aware of their surroundings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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