Man who used van to mow down pedestrians in Toronto charged
TORONTO (AP) — A judge in Canada has ordered the 25-year-old man suspected of plowing a van into pedestrians in north Toronto detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.
Suspect Alek Minassian learned of the charges in a brief initial hearing before a judge in Toronto on Tuesday.
Minassian wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed.
He showed little emotion.
He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday’s crash scene on a busy sidewalk.
He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on May 10.
The president of Invesco Canada says one of the financial company’s employees was among those killed in when a van plowed into pedestrians in Toronto.
Peter Intraligi says the company’s “thoughts and prayers” were with “all those impacted by this tragic event.”
The company had earlier issued a statement saying two of its employees were affected.
A new statement from Intraligi says “I can now confirm that unfortunately one of our employees has succumbed to her injuries.”
He added: “Out of respect for her and her family, we will not be providing any further comments.”
Police are trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.