The video, dated Aug. 4, shows a driveway outside of a home in a residential neighbourhood. It appears to show a resident walking to his white Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, getting in, and then three men run toward the vehicle as one man armed with an axe smashes the window.
The driver gets out of the vehicle, attempting to fend off the three attackers. One man is armed with a machete, while one has an axe, the video shows.
Eventually, the victim gets pulled out of the vehicle by his foot and he pushes past the three men, only to get attacked by the suspects just behind the Jeep at the end of his driveway slightly out of frame.
Global News has identified the victim as 38-year-old Joti Singh Mann — a well-known podcast host and real estate agent.
The men are then seen continuing to swing their weapons at the victim, who attempts to flee and falls to the ground.
The video then shows a woman, who was later identified as Mann’s mother, running from her home toward the men and scaring them off. She is seen throwing a shoe at them as they run away. She then checks on the victim before running back inside, likely to call for help.
Police told Global News the incident was reported to them and occurred last Thursday in the area of Hurontario Street and Mayfield Road.
“We are currently investigating it, there are three outstanding suspects,” a spokesperson for Peel Regional Police said.
“The victim is in stable condition.”
Regional Councillor Gurpreet Dhillon, speaking with the family, said the man sustained injuries to his entire body, particularly to his foot, and said his toe was amputated.
“It’s not something you expect to see, but unfortunately we’ve seen an escalation in these types of attacks in Brampton,” Dhillon said. “We’re looking to the police to really get the investigation underway, find answers.”
As of Wednesday, Mann was still recovering at hospital.
A spokesperson for the police service also said the incident appears to be targeted and that it was not an attempted carjacking. There is also no threat to public safety, police added.
Police said the suspects appear to be in their 30s and are still being sought. There was also a getaway driver, police said.