November 13, 2017 2:10 pm
Updated: November 14, 2017 7:22 am

London police report arrest in Horton Street variety assault case

Jessie Aaron McConnell, 22, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 13, by Waterloo Regional Police.

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Just over three weeks after a 56-year-old man was brutally assaulted outside his Horton Street variety store, London police report an arrest has been made in the case.

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Rajaie El Shorafa was rushed to hospital in critical condition after the Oct. 21 incident, and has since improved in hospital.

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Yasser Ali works at Shelby’s Food Express across the street, and actually came to El Shorafa’s rescue on that Saturday night in October.

“It seems like the neighbourhood is a little empty without him because I’m use to going across the street every day and seeing him. I miss those chats and funny conversations we had, I hope he recovers soon so we can get back to that,” said Ali.

“I’m looking forward to just seeing his face because he’s just filled with excitement and joy.”

Ali helped organize a gofundme page, which has raised over $12,000 for El Shorafa’s family, that’s on top of the $5,000-$10,000 raised through a community benefit concert.

He says people came from as far as Grand Bend and Port Stanley to offer their support to El Shorafa and his family.

“A lot of people came to the restaurant directly when they heard the news stories and gave us cash and cards for us to give to the family, it’s really nice to see.”

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Police first issued an arrest warrant for Jessie Aaron McConnell, 22, on Oct. 23 on a charge of aggravated assault.

London police confirmed to 980 CFPL that McConnell was arrested on Monday, Nov. 13, by Waterloo Regional Police.

Police have yet to release any other information about his arrest or when he will be appearing in court.

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