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Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian hit with three more attempted murder charges

Alek Minassian now faces 10 counts of murder and 16 attempted murder charges
Image: Alek Minassian court room sketch
A sketch of suspect Alek Minassian from his initial court appearance on April 24, 2018.John Mantha

The Canadian man accused of using a van to mow down a mostly female group of pedestrians at a busy Toronto intersection was hit Thursday with three new attempted murder charges.

Alek Minassian, who was linked to an online misogynist group after the mayhem last month that left 10 people dead and 15 injured, did not enter a plea during his brief appearance by video from his cell.

The 25-year-old now faces 10 counts of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder at his next scheduled appearance, which is scheduled for Sept. 14.

Image: Toronto police officers stand near a damaged van
The van that jumped a curb and struck a group of pedestrians, mostly women, on April 23 in Toronto.Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian Press, via AP

So far, Canadian authorities have not divulged a motive, but eight of the 10 people killed on April 23 were women. And police have revealed that Minassian was active on internet forums that attract sexually-frustrated men known as “incels” — for involuntary celibate — who hate women.

Defense attorney Boris Bytensky insisted again that Minassian has no ties to terrorism.

“I don’t think there’s anybody suggesting this was terrorism,” he said. “There were a lot of people who were terrified.”

Bytensky also declined to address Minassian’s state of mind. “This is not a time to discuss Mr. Minassian," he said. "This a still a grieving period for the city."