The man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a Muslim family in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau known as a “terrorist attack” was reportedly carrying physique armor and laughed as police arrested him.
A taxi driver who witnessed Nathaniel Veltman’s arrest after the horrific attack stated he was on a break about 9 p.m. Sunday when he seen a bloodied automobile pull up behind him exterior the Cherryhill Village Mall, the London Free Press of Canada reported.
The pickup driver allegedly informed the cabbie to name the cops, saying he’d simply killed somebody.
Yellow Taxi London President Hassan Savehilaghi spoke to the information outlet for the cabbie, who was too distraught to debate the incident publicly.
“It was damaged with blood,” Savehilaghi stated of the pickup’s entrance finish, including that his driver thought the automobile was concerned in a hit-and-run and known as 911.
The alleged attacker was carrying what gave the impression to be a bullet-proof vest, a military-style helmet and clothes that maybe was coated with swastikas, Savehilaghi stated the cabbie informed him.
Police have confirmed the motive force was carrying a body-armor-style vest, however a spokesperson declined to say whether or not he additionally was carrying something with swastikas, the Free Press reported.
“When they got him out of the vehicle, he was laughing,” Savehilaghi stated, including that Veltman allegedly requested the cabbie to file his arrest.
“He’s really traumatized. It is terrifying. You’re all by yourself,” Savehilaghi informed the Free Press.
Veltman, 20, has been charged with 4 counts of first-degree homicide in the deaths of Salman Afzaal, 46, his spouse, Madiha, 44, their daughter Yumna, 15, and Afzaal’s 74-year-old mom.
The couple’s 9-year-old son, Fayez, was injured in the carnage.
The suspect, a part-time egg-packing facility worker, was described by co-workers as a “nice guy.”
He additionally has no identified ties to hate teams — and a pal insisted he’s not an Islamophobe.
“Nate is not a radical terrorist. He is nothing like that. He is not an Islamophobe. That’s not who this kid is,” the pal, who hails from the Middle East, informed the London Free Press of Canada.
The pal, who wished to stay nameless, added that he by no means heard Veltman say a nasty factor concerning the Middle East or Muslims.
“Nate was a very close friend and never said anything bad to me,” he stated.
Another pal informed the Free Press that Veltman “never said anything hateful” about any teams.
“He’s Christian and has a great relationship with God. … He was always pretty calm towards other people,” stated the person, who additionally wished to not be named.
One of the 2 mates, who is also a co-worker, stated that three days earlier than the attack, Veltman was having hassle along with his new truck’s steering.
“I actually drove with him on Thursday,” he stated, including that on Friday, Veltman requested him to complete his work for him as a result of a family member had died.
The Free Press cited an obituary from a funeral dwelling that confirmed the dying Friday of a 101-year-old girl who had a number of descendants named Veltman.
The obit suggests Nathaniel Veltman was one in all 21 great-grandchildren.
“He seemed broken up over it on Friday. That’s the last time I saw him,” the pal stated.