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Man who allegedly hijacked bus to stop at Tim Hortons facing multiple charges

Police say no one was hurt in the incident

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The man allegedly forced the driver to run through several lights before pulling into the parking lot next to a Tim Hortons. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

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A 31-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly hijacking a TTC bus with a knife and forcing the driver to take him to a Tim Hortons in Toronto overnight. 

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly commandeering a TTC bus with a knife. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

Police were called 12:30 a.m. ET Friday about reports of a man on a bus armed with a knife near Steeles Avenue and Highway 400. 

The man allegedly forced the driver at knifepoint to run through several red lights before directing him to pull into a parking lot shared by a Tim Hortons and McDonalds, west of Sante Drive.

Police say the man then entered the Tim Hortons store and called 911, saying that he believed he had overdosed on drugs.

No other passengers were on the bus with the man and police say they were able to get customers out of the store safely, where the man was arrested.

He now faces five charges including: assault with a weapon, mischief endangering life, forcible confinement, uttering threats and taking a motor vehicle without consent.

"Our driver is shaken, but he is okay," TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said Friday. 

The suspect is scheduled to appear in a Newmarket court Friday.

Police say their investigation remains ongoing and are urging anyone with information to contact #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441 or Crime Stoppers at www.1800222tips.com.

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