Cops: Man Hijacks Bus for Tim Hortons Coffee Run

Toronto man allegedly held knife to driver, made him run red lights
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2016 11:18 AM CDT
Cops: Man Hijacks Bus for Tim Hortons Coffee Run
A Tim Hortons restaurant is seen in Millcreek Township, Pa., on Aug. 26, 2014.   (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Christopher Millette)

In what may be the most Canadian of crimes this week, a 31-year-old man allegedly hijacked a Toronto Transit Commission bus and forced the driver at knifepoint to take him to … a Tim Hortons coffee shop, the CBC reports. A local police constable says the man got onto the bus around 12:20am Friday and brandished a large knife in front of the driver, leading all the other passengers to run off the bus, the Toronto Sun reports. The suspect then allegedly directed the driver to blow through red lights and whisk him to his desired coffee-and-doughnut destination, a national mainstay. The police were alerted and arrested Daniel Ferreira inside the eatery, where a source tells the Sun he was sitting and sipping his coffee.

"Officers directed customers out of [the] store and the man was ordered to get down on the ground," the constable says. No one was hurt in the attack. "The TTC is grateful our employee was not injured and thanks police for their quick action," a TTC spokesperson tells the Metro, adding that the driver "was shaken" by the "very brazen crime." Ferreira, who's expected back in court Friday, is facing a laundry list of charges, including assault with a weapon, mischief endangering life, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and taking a motor vehicle without consent. (A woman turned the tables on two women making fun of her at a Tim Hortons.)

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