A Brampton man turned himself in to Peel Regional Police after video surveillance showed him assaulting a young woman in front of a building complex.
Peel Regional Police said that the assault happened on June 1 at approximately 7:45 p.m. A woman was approached by a man at a convenience store close to Kings Cross Road and Knightsbridge Road, which is near Central Park Drive and Queen Street East. The suspect attempted to make conversation with the woman but she left, which prompted the suspect to follow her to an apartment complex in a silver car.
Once he approached, the video shows the suspect running up to the woman and grabbing her hand away from the child. He then spins her around and an altercation takes place before she wriggles free. The suspect attempts to run off but swiftly returns, pulling her hair and slapping her. The woman threw a drink in his face before he grabbed her. The suspect then ran off back to his silver car.
Toward the end of the 0:50 second video, the woman pulls out her phone and stops a passerby in the complex to presumably tell them about the altercation.
Police released the video footage in an attempt to identify the suspect. They added that the suspect sexually assaulted the woman. The man was described as being a South Asian male in his early 20s to early 30s who was last seen in a grey t-shirt, dark pants, and glasses. He was also described as having a medium build.
Since the video footage was released, a 24-year-old man turned himself into police. CBC reported that the suspect has several charges against him including sexual assault and criminal harassment.
In an interview with CP24, Constable Sarah Patten called the altercation “disgraceful.”
“I’m just glad that there were no injuries or anything to the child,” she told CP24. “I believe at this time that she (the victim) is alright, there are no serious injuries at this point.” She added that there is no evidence the two people knew one another prior to the attack.