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DANGEROUS DRIVING CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING INCIDENT IN MARKHAM

York Regional Police have charged a 38-year-old man from the City of Toronto with Dangerous Driving
after an incident that occurred in the City of Markham.
On Sunday, October 23, 2022, at approximately 3:45 p.m., officers were at the scene of a protest at a
mosque located at 7340 Bayview Avenue in Markham. At the end of the protest, a male suspect driving a
white Kia SUV drove at a high rate of speed in the direction of a crowd of people. The accused stopped
the vehicle abruptly, squealing the tires while yelling at the protestors.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the suspect fled from police. He was located a short time later
and was arrested. When officers searched the vehicle, they located items including an airsoft gun, a
baton and bear spray. He is facing additional weapons related charges as a result.

CHARGED:
 Firas AL NAJIM, 38, of Toronto
CHARGES:
 Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
 Flight from Police
 Weapons Dangerous
Global events often have a local impact here in York Region. As a result, York Regional Police is
increasing our proactive efforts, including connecting with our faith leaders and increasing patrols and
police presence in the areas of mosques. We will continue to respond to protests and demonstrations as
needed to ensure public safety. We encourage anyone who observes hateful or suspicious activity to
contact police.
York Regional Police does not tolerate hate crime in any form. Those who victimize others based on
race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression
sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Anyone with information can contact the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau
at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7241, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip
online at www.1800222tips.com.

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