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Toronto police release video of New Year's Day attack

Last Updated Jan 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm EDT

Security camera photos of two suspects wanted in connection with a serious assault on Queen Street West in Toronto on Jan. 1, 2019. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

Toronto police have released a video in connection with a New Year’s Day attack that left a man with serious injuries.

The assault happened on Queen Street West just west of Bathurst Street around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1.

David Shellnutt, 36, was walking with his girlfriend when it’s believed men in a passing car catcalled her.

The video shows Shellnutt throwing a bag of garbage at the Dodge Charger.

Two men then get out of the car and one punches Shellnutt, who falls and hits his head on the concrete sidewalk. The other suspect is seen punching the unconscious victim.

Warning: the video below contains graphic content.

The driver also gets out of the car, but police believe the assault had already happened at that point.

Shellnutt, a social justice lawyer and bike advocate, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. While in hospital, his condition worsened and was considered critical.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Det. Scott Allan said Shellnutt is recovering. He is talking and able to walk around.

Police are looking for B5 blue 2019 Dodge Charger SXT with an Ontario licence plate. It may be a rental car.

A blue 2019 Dodge Charger SXT wanted in connection with an assault on Queen Street West in Toronto on Jan. 1, 2019. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
A blue 2019 Dodge Charger SXT wanted in connection with an assault on Queen Street West in Toronto on Jan. 1, 2019. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

The first suspect is 25 to 35 years old, six feet one inch tall, with a medium build, dark brown hair worn in corn rows and a pencil beard. He was wearing a grey coat over a black hooded top, black pants or jeans with tears on the front, white socks and black running shoes with blue soles.

The second suspect is 25 to 35 years old, five feet nine inches tall, with a medium build, short dark brown receding hair, a goatee and moustache. He was wearing prescription glasses with black arms, a black waist-length coat over a black hooded top, medium blue jeans with tears on the front and light blue and navy blue running shoes with white soles.


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