Man posing as police officer arrested in sexual assault investigation in North York

A 22-year-old man is in custody in connection with a sexual assault investigation in North York.

Police say a man, who works as a loss prevention officer, approached someone in a commercial building in the area of Keele Street and St. Regis Crescent on Feb. 23 and identified himself as a police officer.

The man then allegedly took photos of the victim’s government identification, demanded money from them, and then sexually assaulted them.

Police say the victim was able to get away from the man and fled the area to safety.

Md Mahi Sharia of Toronto is facing charges of personating a peace officer, extortion, and sexual assault.

Police say there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

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