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Man wanted in several random attacks across Toronto surrenders to police

Last Updated Nov 21, 2018 at 11:13 am EST

Jourdain Durrant, 35, of Toronto is wanted in connection with several random attacks across Toronto, including two with a sledgehammer. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

A 35-year-old man wanted in connection with several random attacks across Toronto dating back to 2017 has turned himself in to police.

Police say Jourdain Durrant, 35, of Toronto, surrendered on Tuesday and is facing a slew of charges including five counts of assault with a weapon, utter death threat, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm, among others.

He was scheduled to make a court appearance on Wednesday morning.

One of the first alleged attacks happened on October 29 of this year in Thorncliffe Park.

Police say a man and woman were travelling in their car when they pulled to the side of the road to check for directions.

A man pulled up alongside them and allegedly took out a flare, handgun, and long-bladed knife before yelling at them and making threats. He fled the scene after the victims began recording the exchange.

The next two alleged attacks happened on Friday around 4 p.m. in East Danforth.

A 26-year-old man was walking his dog in Merrill Bridge Road Park when the suspect began to allegedly chase him around with a sledgehammer. The victim was not injured.

Just 15 minutes later, police were called to Danforth and Moberly Avenues after a man approached a 42-year-old woman standing on the corner. He was armed with a sledgehammer and shouted at her before getting back in his car and leaving the area.

Police believe the same person is also responsible for an incident that occurred in May of 2017 on the Don Valley Parkway near Lawrence Avenue East.

The suspect was driving erratically when a motorcyclist pulled up next to him. They got into an exchange and the man allegedly intentionally swerved into the motorcyclist, striking him. It’s also alleged the man drove over the victim before fleeing the scene.