Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Suspect in chair-throwing video turns herself in

Suspect in chair-throwing video turns herself in

A 19-year-old woman charged with throwing a chair off of a balcony in Toronto has surrendered herself to police.

She is now facing three charges: mischief endangering life, mischief damaging property under $5,000 and common nuisance.

On Monday, police asked the public for help identifying the woman, saying they were investigating the incident as a case of mischief endangering life.

Jenna Periti, who has known Zoia from the time they attended St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, in Thornhill called her a smart girl and said the video "does not do her justice".

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Zoia reportedly turned herself in early Wednesday morning.

A photo posted online showed two mangled chairs resembling the one in the video sitting on a sidewalk.

This is not amusing, I hope she gets caught!????

'It was not just a lark gone bad. Mayor John Tory told the media that the suspect's actions demonstrated "idiotic behavior".

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Constable David Hopkinson said the apartment was being used as a short-term rental. He added, "This could have caused death or injury and is not acceptable".

"I just hope that people take from the example of the consequences that will follow this woman - that this is irresponsible behaviour that is unacceptable".

They say the chair landed in front of the building, and there were no reports of injuries.

"We see people coming in. and out every weekend and it's never the same people", one man, who didn't want to be identified, told CTV Toronto.

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Airbnb said Wednesday that it has contacted Toronto police and offered its support in the investigation. The company said in a statement about the incident, "We are outraged by the blatant disregard for community safety on display in the video".

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