Suspect wanted in connection with assault of man with autism will ‘maintain his innocence’: lawyer
Kayla Goodfield, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:25AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 21, 2018 8:04PM EDT
WARNING: The video at the top of this story shows a brutal attack on a man. Some viewers may find the content disturbing.
One of three suspects wanted in connection with the assault of a 29-year-old man with autism at the Square One bus terminal in Mississauga will be turning himself into police while “maintaining his innocence,” his lawyer said.
Speaking with CP24 on Wednesday afternoon, criminal defense lawyer Jag Virk said his client is not saying he is one of the three male suspects seen in a video showing the assault, which was released by Peel Regional Police last week.
“He was surprised to see his picture on the TV that he is wanted for this assault so he retained me and he will turning himself in and be fully co-operating with the authorities and all I can say at this time is that he fully maintains his innocence and hopefully everyone can wait until all the facts and information comes out before rushing to judgement,” Virk said.
“I will say at this time that we don’t even know if that’s him on the video, all we know is that he is wanted as a suspect in a thing that he is one of the people on the video so he is turning himself in, co-operating with the police and we’ll deal with it from there.”
Peel police released the video to the public showing the assault on March 14 in an effort to identify the three suspects involved. The video shows a 29-year-old male victim sitting on a staircase at the bus terminal at around 10:45 p.m. one day earlier.
As the man is adjusting his rollerblades on the staircase, the footage shows a group of three males approach him and begin attacking him. The three males are seen punching and kicking the victim, who is seen trying to protect his face.
The male victim was taken to hospital to be treated for a broken nose and cuts to his face, police said. He later returned home from the hospital and will make a full recovery.
Speaking with CTV News Toronto, Const. Bancroft Wright said the incident was unprecedented.
“You’re sitting there minding your own business and the next thing you know you have a broken nose, lacerations to the face and you don’t know why or how it happened,” Wright said.
Police said an “overwhelming” amount of tips regarding this investigation from the public led them to identify one of the three suspects as 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami of no fixed address. According to officers, his last known address was in Surrey, British Columbia.
On Wednesday afternoon, police identified a second suspect as 21-year-old Parmvir ‘Parm’ Singh Chahil of no fixed address wanted in connection with this investigation.
A Canada-wide arrest warrant for Dhami and Chahil have been issued on one count of aggravated assault each.
Wright said the whereabouts of these three suspects are not known at this point.
“The fact that they are of no fixed address, they would either be staying in their cars or staying in hotels or motels,” he said.
Police have not yet identified the third suspect involved but said he “may go by the first name of Jason.”
Anyone with further information is asked to call Peel Regional Police at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).