The 21-year-old man suspected of violently assaulting a 10-year-old girl on her way home from school on Monday in Pointe-aux-Trembles faces four counts. He will be assessed for possible mental health issues.
Tanvir Singh, 21, is charged with aggravated assault, assault while carrying a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, among others. , shows a copy of the judicial information obtained by The Press.
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) reports having been called to go to boulevard du Tricentenaire, near rue Notre-Dame, shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday to come to the aid of the young girl who had been “beaten”.
Originally, “two young girls were traveling on a sidewalk when they were approached by a 21-year-old man who suddenly attacked a young girl by beating her,” said agent Raphaël Bergeron. about it, at the start of the day. Passers-by then intervened to put an end to the attack, before contacting 911. Almost at the same time, patrol officers who were passing by intervened and shortly after arrested the suspect.
He was then taken to a detention center to meet with investigators. The girl, for her part, was transported to a hospital. She suffers from nervous shock and is seriously injured, having received several blows to the head, but her life is not in danger.
According to the Montreal police, mental health problems could possibly be involved in this violent attack. The suspect, who is not known to the police, will also undergo a psychiatric evaluation in the coming days, before the rest of the legal proceedings.
A community “turned upside down”
On social networks, the aunt of the assaulted girl demanded that “justice be done” for her niece. “This man was staring at my niece on her way home, and my well-mannered and ever loving niece smiled at this man not knowing what he could do to her,” she wrote in her post along with a photo of the girl’s injured face, which was quickly shared several times by Internet users.
“I want justice for my niece and for all the victims of this kind of patient who hang out in our streets,” she added. A photo of the seriously injured girl has been posted online, but The Press chose not to broadcast this one to protect his identity.
On the municipal scene, Mayor Valérie Plante spoke Tuesday of a “terrible attack” and a “savage attack”. “It’s absolutely disturbing. We are waiting for additional information, for light to be shed on this unacceptable attack. It’s shocking, ”she said in a press scrum.
“This news upsets me. I will never be able to explain how an individual can attack a 10-year-old girl,” also lamented the leader of the official opposition, Aref Salem. ” My heart is broken. I never would have thought that someone would attack a young girl on her way home from school. It is indescribably horrible. Justice must be done,” also reacted the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec, Dominique Anglade.
In a message sent to parents, the Center de services scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSSPI) for its part confirmed on Tuesday that a third-cycle student was “the victim of an assault on the way to the House “. “In order to support students and staff members in these difficult times, the CSSPI critical situation intervention team has been deployed and will remain in place as long as necessary”, indicated the management, specifying that seven psychologists were dispatched to the area.
“It is likely that your child will need to tell you about the event. We invite you to give him time to listen to what he feels and what he thinks and to try to answer his questions honestly, ”we added, saying we will do everything possible ” to comfort and reassure our students so that they can, despite this ordeal, continue their school year harmoniously”.
With Isabelle Ducas, The Press