The 25-year-old hostage-taker was shot dead by police.
More details are being shared about the man who took people hostage in Vaughan.
It happened at an RBC bank on Wednesday, December 13 around 1 pm.
Police were called to the scene of a hostage-taking, where a man was brandishing a gun and had explosives strapped to a vest.
The hostage-taker had 13 hostages, and was later shot dead by police.
No hostages were physically harmed.
The man apparently didn’t ask for any money, and instead wanted to speak to Donald Trump, in addition to demanding a bag of drugs.
A witness said he seemed mentally unstable.
Additional details emerged about the hostage-taker’s background.
The Toronto Sun reported on what a police source told them:
‘“He is Middle Eastern,” confirmed a police source. “I believe he’s originally from Egypt.” One witnessed said there was no references to any religious or terror allegiences in the man’s rantings. The only thing political was the name “Trump.”’
YorkRegion.com reported that the man has connections to Iran:
“The suspect’s uncle told Global News that the man, who has only been identified as a 25-year-old Vaughan resident, and his family moved to Canada from Iran when the man was a toddler.”
The York Regional police recently conducted a search of the man’s home, where two luxury cars were found in the driveway.
They have not yet released his name.
The investigation continues.
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