Quick Arrest in Pellet Gun Attack

By Ron Fanfair

Ron Fanfair

Writer/Photographer

42 Division

Officers in 42 Division made a quick arrest after a 76-year-old woman was attacked with a pellet gun while on her daily walk.

A Toronto man is facing several charges after it was alleged he shot the woman several times with a pellet gun in the Malvern area on February 28.

She suffered injuries to her hands and face.

On February 29, Umar Saad, 27 was arrested.

He faces numerous assault and weapons charges, disguise with intent and breaching conditions.

The man was arrested at a home by Emergency Task Force officers not far from where the incident took place.

At a news conference at police headquarters on March 1, Inspector Mike Williams of 42 Division said the victim will recover from her injuries but was traumatized by the incident.

“We understand how frightening this was for the community that a person going for their daily walk would be attacked at random like this,” he said, noting that the victim did not know the man.

Williams thanked 42 Division officers for their quick work in apprehending the suspect and the community for their assistance in the investigation.

Community members provided police with video footage that assisted with the arrest.

“I can’t thank them enough for stepping forward and providing us with the information we needed to apprehend the suspect,” he said. “We would not have found this person so quickly without their assistance and support. It was disheartening to learn that people were afraid to go outside after this occurred and we hope this provides some measure of comfort to know that this person is now in police custody.”

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