Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian charged with 10 counts 1st-degree murder, 13 counts attempted murder

Apr 24 2018, 9:14 pm

Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old man suspected of driving the rental van that killed 10 innocent pedestrians and injured 15 others in Toronto, appeared in court this morning.

Minassian, who is from Richmond Hill, has been formally charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.

According to CBC, Minassian showed little emotion during his court appearance.

According to reports, Minassian is scheduled to reappear in court via video on May 10.

At a press conference Monday evening, Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told the media that Minassian wasn’t known to authorities.

He also said the van attack looked deliberate, yet a possible motive is still unknown.

Ralph Goodale, the Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, told media that while Monday’s events are horrendous, there currently is no national security threat at this time.

Police said on Monday afternoon around 1:30 pm, they received numerous phone calls about a white Ryder rental van that had mounted the curb running down pedestrians in the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue area.

Minassian was arrested shortly after the attack, following a brief sidewalk standoff with a lone police officer.

Police are now asking all witnesses who may have information regarding Monday’s attack to call their investigative hotline at 416-808-8750.

A web portal has also been created for witnesses to submit photos and videos, which can be found here.

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