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Man arrested in connection with assaults in Roncesvalles neighbourhood

Toronto police have made an arrest in connection with a series of assaults in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. 

Driss Zahri, 37, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged, police say

Toronto police are investigating seven separate but similar assaults in the area of Roncesvalles Avenue and Howard Park Avenue. (Martin Trainor/CBC)

Toronto police have made an arrest in connection with a series of attacks in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. 

Officers say they arrested and charged a man on Friday with multiple counts of assault.

The arrest comes as police investigate seven separate but similar attacks in the area of Roncesvalles Avenue and Howard Park Avenue.

In six out of the seven assaults, the victims were women. No one has reported being physically injured.

According to the police, victims reported the assailant was a man acting alone, who in some cases spat or sprayed liquid on them..

Driss Zahri, 37, of no fixed address, is facing:

  • 4 counts of assault.
  • 2 counts of assault with a weapon.
  • 6 counts of failing to comply with recognizance.
  • 6 counts of failing to comply with probation.

On Thursday, police released images of a suspect who is believed to be responsible for the seven separate assaults within the last three months.

In the images captured by security cameras, the man is seen wearing an orange t-shirt and grey shorts.

Security camera images of man wanted in assault investigations (Toronto Police Service)

The most recent incident happened in the area of Roncesvalles Avenue and The Queensway on Wednesday. 

The man reportedly walked up to a 30-year-old woman, spat on her and ran away.

Officers say the other incidents happened in the area of Roncesvalles Avenue and Howard Park Avenue. One occurred on May 13, two on July 20, two on July 21, and one on July 28. 

Police say this is an ongoing investigation and they are asking anyone with further information to speak with them. 

The accused is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Saturday at 10 a.m.

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