Toronto Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who reportedly assaulted a female officer at a traffic stop. According to the latest police reports the assault took place on Saturday at around 3:30 PM in the Weston Road and Lawrence Avenues West area. A female Toronto Police officer had been helping conduct traffic when a male driver exited his vehicle and assaulted her. The suspect punched the officer several times in the head before fleeing the scene on foot.
The female officer was later treated for her injuries. It is unknown at this time the exact details of the injuries sustained by the officer, but according to Toronto Police Services, her injuries were serious but non-life threatening.
The suspect was identified as 31-year old Dwayne Banfield. Banfield faces numerous charges, and Police are looking to bring him in for Obstructing Police, Escaping Lawful Custody, Assaulting A Police Officer Causing Bodily Harm and Driving Motor Vehicle With No Validation On License Plate.
A photograph of Banfield along with a detail description has been released by Police to aid in the ongoing efforts to locate him. The suspect is described as having a thin build with a height of around 5’7 to 5’9, at the time of the assault he was wearing a white and blue bucket-style hat, green pants, a camouflage coat and a chain on his left shoulder.
Police are warning residents not to approach Banfield as he is considered violent; anyone who spots him should call 911. It is unknown at this time whether Banfield has a prior record of assaults or violent behavior.
Anyone with more information on the case should call the following number: 416-222-TIPS (8477).