Teen seen fleeing on video after alleged Aurora knife attack arrested, police say

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York Regional Police say a 16-year-old boy has been charged after an assault on Saturday. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

York Regional Police say a 16-year-old boy has been arrested hours after officers released cellphone video showing the accused allegedly running away following an attack on a man in his car in Aurora.

Police said that on Saturday at around 3 p.m., a 51-year-old man was sitting inside a parked car in the area of Yonge Street and Murray Drive when he was approached by an unknown person.

Investigators alleged the unknown assailant leaned in the driver’s window, pointed a knife at the man and demanded cash from him.

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Officers said the man inside the vehicle did not comply and the suspect then allegedly punched him in the face, cut his arm with a knife and kicked his vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot.

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Police said they arrived on the scene but weren’t able to locate the suspect.

The victim was treated by paramedics on the scene.

On Thursday morning, police released cellphone video of the suspect as he was fleeing the scene. In the video, the suspect can be seen covering his face with a black baseball hat. But officers said it didn’t take long for the accused to be identified.

“The power of social media has been proven once again. The suspect wanted in the attempted robbery and assault in Aurora was able to run, but he wasn’t able to hide for long,” police said in an update posted on Twitter Thursday evening.

“Thanks to your tips we now have the 16-year-old male youth suspect under arrest.”

The teen was charged with robbery, assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief.