Mississauga man arrested after allegedly punching driver in the head and exposing himself in Toronto
Published October 11, 2022 at 7:14 pm
A man from Mississauga is up on numerous charges after he allegedly crashed into another car, attacked a man nearby, grabbed at the man’s children, and exposed himself to neighbours trying to help.
Toronto Police Service says a man was driving a blue BMW at high speeds down Danforth Ave. As he approached Jones Ave, in central Greektown, he crossed over the centre line and crashed headlong into a blue Hyundai.
The BMW fled the scene on foot, police say, abandoning his passenger. The passenger, a 22-year-old man, had non-life-threatening injuries. However, the Hyundai driver, a 39-year-old man, suffered more serious, life-altering injuries. Both were taken to hospital.
From the crash site, the BMW driver ran about 900 metres to the southeast to Seymour Ave and Shudell Ave, a residential area around the corner from the crash.
A father was in the area at the time, escorting his kids out of his car. The BMW approached the father from behind and, without provocation, punched the father in the back of the head. The BMW driver then turned on the kids, grabbing at them and damaging the car.
The father told CP24 that he had seen the crash on Danforth and had made a U-turn to avoid it. When he pulled into his driveway he said he could see the BMW driver crouched behind a car.
The father said he was punched in the jaw and choked before the BMW driver moved toward his daughter in the back seat. He got in between the man and the car until the driver fled. The father said the driver was obviously high at the time.
Neighbours in the area, including an off-duty cop, heard the kids screaming and rushed over to help. As they approached the scene, the BMW driver backed away, dropped his pants and exposed himself to them.
When responding on-duty officers arrived the BMW driver punched one in the face. He then fled this scene as well, pursued by the off-duty cop and his neighbours.
As he fled the group of neighbours got into a fight with him to try to detain him. Another officer ran up to the struggle and tasered the BMW driver. This allowed them to take the driver into custody.
Police have arrested Atif Khan, 29 of Mississauga, in connection to the events. He’s been charged with, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of a crash, impaired driving causing bodily harm, assault cause bodily harm, assault, mischief to a car, committing an indecent act, aggravated assault of a peace officer and assault with intent to resist arrest.
Khan appeared in court in Brampton on October 11. “The Toronto Police Service wants to thank the community for stepping in to help their fellow neighbour,” police said.
Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call Toronto police at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising