Canada Nov 10 2016 Security guards working the night shift at a ByWard Market LRT construction site Monday night stopped a violent stabbing from escalating on Rideau Street by apprehending the suspect and providing first aid to the victim, according to their manager.
Shawn Lane, operations manager at UCB1 Global Protection Services, said three of his guards stationed at the barricades at the Rideau and Dalhousie Street intersection heard screams from a woman nearby reporting a man had a knife shortly after 10:40 p.m.
“And she was screaming, ‘He’s stabbing him, he’s stabbing him,’” Lane told the Citizen after speaking with his staff.
The guards rushed over to detain the suspect on the ground and snatched the knife away from him.
One of the guards tended to the bleeding victim, who police say was a 32-year-old man who suffered stab wounds to chest and arm.
While one of the guards was putting pressure on his stab wounds, the suspect broke free and tried to go after the victim again, according to Lane.
“The guard was able to pin him against a wall and at the same time a third guard was trying to call 911,” Lane said.
While on the phone with the dispatcher, one guard flagged down a passing Ottawa police cruiser. Less than a minute later, more cruisers arrived on scene and took over the investigation.
Paramedics said the victim was in serious but stable condition.
Lane is applauding the guards’ efforts, which he said prevented the incident from getting worse.
“I told them they did a great job. I believe he saved his life. When someone’s going after someone like that with a weapon it can get pretty serious, pretty quick,” said Lane, adding one of his guards was still shaken from the attack.
On Tuesday, police charged a 17-year-old youth with assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and breach of an undertaking.
The stabbing was one of two just hours apart in the same area.
Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to Rideau and Nelson Streets in Lowertown for a double stabbing that sent two women in their 20s to hospital.
One woman was listed in critical condition after suffering four or five stab wounds in the chest, abdomen, and arm. The other was treated for a minor stab wound to her back, police said.
Police said they were searching for a black woman in her 20s woman who fled the scene. She was described as being between five feet three inches and five feet five inches tall, wearing a black jacket and black pants.
There was no indication the stabbings were related.
The stabbings of three people overnight in the same area has Coun. Mathieu Fleury concerned again about public safety in his ward.
Last month, Kayla Sullivan, 30, died after emergency surgery following a daylight stabbing in front of the Salvation Army on George Street.
The latest acts of violence underscore the need for increased police presence in the ByWard Market with officers “out of their cars”, Fleury said.
He said the foot patrol program works well in the summer months, but after the season ends the heightened police presence diminishes. He wants to change that.
“There needs to be an ongoing commitment having the same officers in the area on a regular basis, not just when there’s a flare-up … but really committed to the zone,” he said.
After speaking with police Chief Charles Bordeleau, Fleury said, he was told changes to the officer deployment model are coming in the New Year. In the meantime, the councillor is considering raising the foot patrol issue at the next police services board meeting.
The overnight attacks follow Sunday’s fatal stabbing near the St. Laurent Shopping Centre and two other stabbings.