Toronto machete attack

The Toronto machete attack was a misogynist terrorist attack in a Toronto spa on 24 February 2020.[1][2][3][4]

Toronto machete attack
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Date24 February 2020 (UTC−03:00)
Attack type
Slashing, terrorism
MotiveIncel ideology
Accused17-year-old male, unidentified due to a publication ban


Emergency crews were called to the spa after reports of a bleeding man and woman outside. They were taken to hospital with serious injuries.[1][4]

Inside the spa, a woman was found dead. She was later identified as 24-year-old Ashley Noell Arzaga.[4][1] She was described by friends as a doting mother to a five-year-old girl.[4][5]


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][6][4]

In May 2020, the charges were upgraded to "murder - terrorist activity" and "attempted murder - terrorist activity.[2][3][6] 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".[2][3] Incels are members of a misogynistic online subculture that define themselves as unable to find a romantic or sexual partner. The RCMP and TPS 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] This was the first time in Canada that someone was charged with terrorism because of a misogynist ideology.[7]

See alsoEdit


  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". 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". 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". 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. ^ Connor, Kevin (February 26, 2020). "Spa murder victim a 'kind, loving' mom of one: GoFundMe". Toronto Sun.
  6. ^ a b Cecco, Leyland (May 19, 2020). "Canada police say machete killing was 'incel' terror attack". The Guardian. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "Canada lays first ever terror charges in a murder linked to misogynist movement". NewsBank. Agence France-Presse. May 20, 2020.