The video shows the big, burly security guard – McNeil is six-foot-four, 270 pounds – bursting through the doors without hesitation, grabbing the man’s right arm and tackling him to the ground.
Police said they do not yet have a motive behind the attack, which they believe was unprovoked.
Arlington Thompson, 35, of Queens, N.Y., is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon.
In two videos provided by Paragon Security, the company that employed the guards who took down the suspect, a suspect can be seen swinging a machete at another man who has fallen to the ground, using a bag to protect himself.
“I’m pleased to say that the citizens of Toronto are safe and secure due to the excellent police response and seamless work with security in the area”.
Once the suspect was restrained, Bonaparte applied hand restraints on the accused, and also kicked a knife away before police arrived. They restrain the man until police arrive. “You couldn’t ask anything more of them”, he said.
A security guard working at Toronto’s Atrium mall on Bay Street is being praised for his take down of a machete-wielding assailant Wednesday afternoon. “I heard a woman screaming and a whole bunch of other people around just taking video and photo and I thought ‘Well, I’ll just call the police'”.