Van attack suspect Alek Minassian made his first court appearance in Toronto, less than a day after he ploughed into pedestrians on a busy street, killing 10 people.
Angry ‘incel’: Van attack suspect, Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Toronto
Minassian drove a rented Ryder van roughly a mile down the crowded Yonge Street, prosecutors said, also injuring 15 people and creating what witnesses described as a “warzone.”
He was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder Tuesday morning, along with 13 more for attempted murder.
The 25-year-old Toronto resident reportedly wore a white jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind his back, and sat stone-faced in the defendant’s box.
The judge ordered him held until May 10 when he’s due for a bail hearing via video. He was told not to contact any of the people he’s charged with trying to kill on Monday.
Meanwhile the puzzle of the motivation for the Canadian van attack Remains as authorities ponder whether the suspec’ts actions could have been attributed to terrorism? Nothing is known of the suspect, ‘It’s as if he came out of no where’, law enforcement sources said.
“There is nothing on our files,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said moments after announcing the name of Alek Minassian. as their suspect in the van ramming deaths of 10 people and wounding of 15 others.
“We don’t rule anything out,” Chief Saunders said, Monday.
Click to view tape on police arresting Minassian after Monday’s van attack
“We open all the lanes at the start and then we follow where the evidence takes us.”
So far, authorities are downplaying any link between terrorism and Monday’s van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others.
PORTRAIT OF A KILLER
Based on social media research, the image of Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian is that of a frustrated 25-year-old male. A social misfit, awkward and involuntary celibate who was obsessed with Santa Barbara shooter and fellow social reject Elliot Rodger.
Social media posts by Minassian paint a picture of an angry young man, who was furious that women rejected his sexual advances.
In one post, he refers to the rebellion of ‘incels’ – a term used to refer to men who have been made ‘involuntarily celibate’ because women will not have sex with them.
Meanwhile, the first of his ten victims has been named as Anne Marie D’Amico, an employee at Invesco investment management firm, which has its headquarters on Yonge Street, Toronto, the same street where the attack occurred.
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Minassian’s Facebook post announced: ‘The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!
Chad is a term used to refer to sexually active men among the incel community.
‘All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!’ he continued.
Rodger massacred six people at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014, before killing himself.
During his rampage, he uploaded a video titled ‘Elliot Rodger’s Retribution’, where he explained that he wanted to punish women for rejecting him, and envied more successful men and wanted to punish them for their sexual activity.
First to be ID’d is Anne Marie D’Amico [photo]. one of the victims of Monday’s horrific massacre on Yonge St., Toronto
While Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said he could not tie Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill to any terrorist groups, he insisted Monday night that there is no “avenue that we won’t explore … we open all the lanes at the start.”
Police arrested Minassian after Monday afternoon’s deadly van attack in the Yonge St.-Sheppard Ave. area.
Saunders refused to say what charges might be laid while speaking at a Monday night press conference with Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
None of the allegations against Minassian have been proven in court.
Toronto Police arrested Minassian a few blocks from the scene of the mayhem as he attempted to flee after ditching the rental van he used in the vehicular attack Monday
Minassian abandoned the rental van he used in the vehicular attack a few blocks from the crime scene
A LinkedIn profile in Minassian’s name said he attended Seneca College from 2011-18 and resides in Richmond Hill. The page lists just nine connections and only one interest: the Seneca College page.
Minassian appears to have created an app called Toronto Green Parking Advisor, released on the Google Play store on Dec. 24, 2014. The app, which displays parking lots near the user or another location, wasn’t a hit: The number of installs was listed as “100+” and most of the handful of reviews were posted after Monday’s attack.
A victim lies under a tarp after Monday’s van attack by Alek Minassian on one of Toronto’s busiest street
The suspect ran down scores of people, killing 10. A further 15 were left severely injured. Victims included children and the elderly
NBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst tweeted that Minassian is believed to have researched and chatted online about a 2014 shooting in which six students were killed as a gunman drove around in Isla Vista, Calif.
“Mental illness, not terror, a leading theory for today’s incident, according to three officials,” Dienst wrote.
A blog entry in September 2014, entitled Seneca Health Research Projects, listed Minassian as a new team member. The blog was about projects at Seneca’s Centre for Development of Open Technology that are related to health care, and the 2013 post said Minassian had “starting working in CDOT.”
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