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Cyclist charged with assault following Vaughan parking lot incident

According to police, a man spit on a female driver in the Thornhill plaza last May

Investigators with the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged a 22-year-old man following an assault that occurred in a parking lot in the City of Vaughan.

On Friday, May 17, 2019, at 6:22 p.m., police were called to a plaza located at Centre Street and New Westminster Drive for a report of an assault. The investigation revealed that a female driver was driving through the parking lot behind the plaza when a male on a bicycle began riding toward her. She honked her horn to alert the cyclist. He stopped his bicycle in front of her vehicle and walked to the passenger side where he [allegedly] spat at the female driver hitting her in the face. The suspect then [allegedly] struck the passenger mirror of the vehicle causing it to break off. The suspect rode away westbound on Centre Street.

Investigators released images of the suspect and as a result of tips received from our community, he was identified. On Sunday, July 21, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Vaughan where he was placed under arrest.


  • Jason Atis, 22, City of Vaughan



  • Assault
  • Mischief
  • Possession of cocaine

Mr. Atis is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Aug. 28, 2019. Anyone with information is asked to contact the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876- 5423, ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online.