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Two hospitalized after violent home invasion in Toronto’s north end

Police rope off a crime scene in this file photo.

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A Toronto man is in custody and two others are being sought by police after a vicious home invasion in the city's north end early Tuesday sent two residents to hospital, one with facial wounds from a pistol whipping.

The attack occurred shortly after midnight at a townhouse complex on Silverstone Drive, near Finch Avenue West and Albion Road.

Two of the three invaders were armed with handguns, police said.

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Emergency Task Force officers arrived to back up police from 23 Division, who were alerted by a 911 call from within the house, but the trio had fled.

Inside, the 29-year-old apparent target was conscious and breathing, injured by blows to the face. He and a less seriously hurt roommate, a 25 year old who was found tied up, were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

It was unclear whether the premises were robbed.

Meanwhile, Toronto police have issued a fresh photo of a suspect who is on the run after allegedly stalking and attacking a 62-year-old man in Scarborough.

Wayne Banks, 51, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, threatening bodily harm and assault with a weapon. He is known to police.

It's alleged that in the early hours of Monday, Mr. Banks waited outside his victim's home, near Birchmount Road and McNicoll Avenue, and then attacked him with a weapon of some kind when he stepped outside.

Since then, he is believed to have left the city, but there are fears he might strike again, Constable Tony Vella said.

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"There's concern that in his current state, there will be other victims."

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