Five in hospital after man goes on stabbing spree on Vancouver Streets
By Salim Jiwa
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Five people have been taken to hospital for treatment of knife wounds after a man went on a bizarre stabbing spree in various parts of Vancouver on Saturday evening.
The man was finally chased down by citizens and police after he tried to hijack a car that was on the street.
Vancouver police spokesman Const. Lindsey Houghton said police don’t know why the man began stabbing people. He said a 30-year-old in custody will face multiple counts of assault with a weapon,
“A 30-year-old Vancouver man is in Vancouver Police custody and facing multiple charges of assault with a weapon after a stabbing spree that began at East Broadway and Commercial Drive shortly after 6 p.m. this evening,” said Houghton.
“For reasons still unknown to investigators, the suspect allegedly stabbed a man in the back near the intersection of East Broadway and Commercial Drive,” he said.
“The suspect ran west and over the next 30 minutes allegedly stabbed another man near McLean Street and E. Broadway, then another man near Woodland Street and E. Broadway, another near E. 10th Avenue and Clark Drive, and finally a 5th man in the 1100 block E. 11th Avenue, where he tried to get away by unsuccessfully attempting to car-jack a vehicle that was on the street,” said Houghton about the knifing attacks.
Witnesses in the 1100-block of East 11th Avenue saw what happened and called 911, said Houghton.
“Two witnesses chased the suspect on foot. Vancouver Police officers arrested the suspect in the 900-block East Broadway and a weapon was recovered.
“All of the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and are currently being treated in hospital. The suspect is not known to any of the victims and a motive for the attacks remains under investigation,” Houghton said.
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