Brampton real-estate agent, media personality severely injured in attack in his own driveway

Joti Singh Mann required surgery after he was attacked by three masked men wielding weapons on the morning of Aug. 4

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A well-known Brampton, Ont. real-estate agent and media personality is recovering in hospital after he was viciously attacked in his driveway last week.

Three masked men wielding weapons attacked Joti Singh Mann after he got into his car. Peel police said the attack happened around 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 4. They were called to the scene shortly after.

Mann is a host with Fateh Media 5, which broadcasts in Punjabi on radio and YouTube.

Brampton councillor Gurpreet Dhillon told CBC Toronto that he spoke to the victim and his family on Tuesday.

"He's in very high spirits right now and they're just looking forward to having an investigation done by the police and finding out who the culprits are," Dhillon said.

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Brampton real estate agent, media personality attacked

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In a video of the attack obtained by CBC Toronto, Mann can be seen entering a white Jeep Rubicon before the three men suddenly approach. They break the driver's side window, open the door, and pull the victim out before dragging him behind the vehicle and beating him with their weapons.

Mann suffered severe injuries, Dhillon said.

"He had lacerations all over his body," he added. "Severe cuts and injuries to his hand. And muscular issues, bone bruises as well."

Dhillon said one of Mann's big toes was also amputated in surgery later that day.

Speaking through the assistance of a translator, Mann's father Surjit Singh Mann, recounted how his wife saw their son being attacked from inside and ran to his rescue, chasing off his attackers.

Mann's father said the three men ran off and got into a car with a fourth assailant who drove them away.

His father said Mann is "a very hardworking guy and he doesn't have anything to do with these vicious people who attacked him."

He said he was grateful to hear that his son will survive and he hopes the police bring the perpetrators to justice.

"They should be punished accordingly," Surjit told CBC News.

Peel Regional Police Supt. Sean Gormley is expected to provide an update on their investigation at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Surjit said his entire family is struggling in the aftermath of the attack, and that Mann's wife and children are avoiding walking their dog or cutting their grass.

"They won't come out to do their routine work because they're scared," he said.

Attack came days after threatening phone call

Dhillon said the attack came after Mann received a threatening phone call three days earlier.

The city councillor couldn't describe the details of the threat but said Mann had already reported the call to police.

The attack has rattled the Punjabi community in Brampton, Dhillon said.

I strongly condemn the violent assault on Punjabi media host, Joti Singh Mann in Brampton. I wish Joti Singh Mann a speedy recovery and request authorities to bring the culprits to justice at the earliest.

—@Taranvir__

"I think everybody's pretty shaken," he said. "I spoke to a couple of residents who themselves, you know, they say they're taking a look over their shoulders when they're getting out to go to work in the morning."

He said he has faith the police will successfully investigate and find the attackers.

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