According to the CEO of the company, the man accused of killing four Muslims told a taxi driver to call the cops so he could be arrested.
The man suspected of purposefully running over and killing four members of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, insisted that a cab driver phone police so he could turn himself in shortly after the crime, according to the CEO of a local taxi company.
According to Hasan Savehilaghi, president of Yellow London Cab, one of his company’s drivers was smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee outside his taxi in an empty strip mall parking lot on Sunday evening when a black pickup truck pulled up behind him.
Nathaniel Veltman, the man accused of killing four people, began yelling and shouting at the cab driver, according to Savehilaghi, who stated his employee was upset by the events.
Savehilaghi claimed, “He yelled at our colleague to contact the cops because he had killed someone.”
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Veltman appeared in court virtually on Thursday, charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
Veltman, who is 20 years old, claimed he is still looking for a lawyer. He still hasn’t entered a plea.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Salman, and her 74-year-old grandma Talat Afzaal were among the dead, according to relatives. Fayez, the couple’s kid, was critically injured but is likely to recover.
The attack was allegedly organized and premeditated against Muslims, according to police.
Veltman is due back in court on June 14.
The cab driver subsequently spotted extensive damage to the front of the pickup truck, as well as a large amount of blood, according to Savehilaghi. According to Savehilaghi, the cab driver dialed 911 and spotted a police car passing by while on the phone with the dispatcher.
The taxi driver immediately sprinted after the officer and told her what he had heard from the man in the truck, the company president said. The officer and a few others came over to the truck and took the man out of the vehicle, he said.
The man who was in the pickup truck wore a military helmet and what appeared to be an armored vest, Savehilaghi said his employee recounted. Once police removed those items, the taxi driver “noticed swastika signs on the chest. This is a brief summary.