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Man charged after allegedly driving car towards crowd at protest in Markham: police

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Man charged after allegedly driving vehicle at crowd of protesters in Markham, police say
WATCH: Man charged after allegedly driving vehicle at crowd of protesters in Markham, police say – Oct 24, 2022

A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection with a dangerous driving incident in Markham, police say.

York Regional Police said on Sunday at around 3:45 p.m., officers were at the scene of a protest at a mosque located at 7340 Bayview Avenue.

Police said at the end of the protest, a man driving a white Kia SUV allegedly drove at a “high rate of speed” in the direction of a crowd of people.

The crowd was gathered outside of the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre in Thornhill, protesting the Iranian regime.

“The accused stopped the vehicle abruptly, squealing the tires while yelling at the protestors,” police allege in a news release.

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According to police, officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it was driven away from police.

The force said the suspect was located and arrested “a short time later.”

“When officers searched the vehicle, they located items including an airsoft gun, a baton and bear spray,” police allege. “He is facing additional weapons related charges as a result.”

According to police, 38-year-old Firas Al Najim from Toronto has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and weapons dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7421  or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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