Charges laid after police officer assaulted

Investigators with the York Regional Police #2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged
a 22-year-old man after he assaulted a police officer in the City of Richmond Hill.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, at 3:40 p.m., York Regional Police Communications received a radio call
from an officer requiring assistance in the parking lot of Hillcrest Mall, located at 9350 Yonge
Street. When officers arrived they found that a York Regional Police Constable was suffering from
serious injuries. He was rushed to hospital, where he remains, for treatment of
non-life-threatening injuries. The injured officer is a four-year veteran with the service.

Responding officers located the suspect at the scene who was not injured and he was placed under
arrest.

The investigation has revealed that the police officer was parked in the mall parking
lot, near the Marshalls store, when he was approached by the suspect. Police say the suspect assaulted the
officer who was seated inside of his cruiser and that the altercation continued outside of the
car where the suspect took possession of the officer’s baton and continued the assault.
Charged:

Chidubem Anthony OKEKE, 22, with no fixed address, is charged with attempted murder and fail to comply with recognizance.

OKEKE will be appearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Investigators are seeking any video surveillance from the area that may have captured the incident
or anyone that may have captured dashcam video of the suspect prior to the incident.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police
#2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7241 or at Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-TIPS.

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