Fleeing driver exposed himself, attacked officers following head-on crash: Toronto police
Posted October 11, 2022 5:51 am.
Last Updated October 11, 2022 11:34 am.
A man is facing several charges for allegedly assaulting someone, committing an indecent act, and attacking pursuing police officers after fleeing a crash scene in Toronto’s east end.
Officers responded to reports of a two-vehicle collision at Danforth and Jones avenues around 8:20 p.m. on Monday.
Police say a blue BMW with two occupants was travelling eastbound on Danforth at a high speed when it crossed over the centre line and struck a blue Hyundai that was travelling westbound.
The driver of the Hyundai, a 39-year-old man, was taken to hospital with life-altering injuries.
The driver of the BMW fled the crash scene on foot southbound on Jones Avenue before officers arrived. The passenger of the BMW, a 22-year-old man, remained at the scene and was transported to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Police say witnesses at the scene provided the description and direction the suspect fled to the responding officers.
Driver went on to assault man, expose himself, attack police
The suspect made his way to the area of Seymour and Shudell avenues where a father was taking his child out of a parked car. Police say the driver punched the father in the back of the head and grabbed the child while damaging the vehicle in the process.
Neighbours in the area, including an off-duty police officer, ran to help after hearing the child scream. The suspect backed away when the neighbours approached and allegedly dropped his pants, exposed himself and committed “an indecent act.”
The father was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the child was unharmed.
When a first responding officer showed up at the scene the suspect allegedly attacked him by punching him in the face.
Following a struggle with the off-duty officer and neighbours, a second responding officer was able to subdue and arrest the suspect using a Taser.
Both the first responding officer and the off-duty officer were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect, 29-year-old Atif Khan from Mississauga, is facing nine charges including aggravated assault, committing an indecent act, and resisting arrest.
He appeared in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday morning.