Man caught on video roundhouse-kicking abortion protester arrested
Posted October 6, 2018 5:43 pm.
Last Updated October 7, 2018 7:42 am.
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Toronto police have arrested a man who was captured on video roundhouse-kicking a woman last Sunday at an anti-abortion rally.
In a news release on Sunday, police said they responded to a call for an assault around 2:30 p.m. near Keele and Bloor streets.
They say a man allegedly approached a group of people protesting against abortion and began scribbling on their signs and clothing with ink markers.
He was confronted by one of the protesters who began recording the exchange on her phone. The man then reportedly kicked her in the shoulder, knocking the phone from her hand.
He then grabbed a ribbon she was wearing, ripped it off and then fled the scene.
Police say 26-year-old Jordan Hunt turned himself in on Saturday and is facing eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000.
The video recorded by the victim began making the rounds on social media last week and soon went viral.
The hair salon where Hunt worked said on Wednesday said that he has been fired.
Noble Studio 101, where Hunt worked, posted a statement on Instagram saying they do not condone his actions and he has been let go.
Hunt is also facing another count of assault, stemming from an incident on Aug. 2.
Police say he allegedly approached a group of people protesting abortion near Dufferin and Dundas streets around 12 p.m. that day.
He was on a bicycle and reportedly tried to grab one of the protester’s signs. He then allegedly pushed a woman into a pole and fled the scene.
He appeared in court on Saturday.