17-year-old boy arrested after Nanaimo woman stabbed multiple times while walking through park


WATCH: A woman is recovering from serious knife wounds hospital tonight following a violent, random attack. RCMP say the woman walking in a popular part of Nanaimo’s waterfront early last night when a man stabbed her multiple times. Kendall Hanson tell us what likely saved her life.

Nanaimo RCMP say a teenage boy was arrested after a woman was stabbed multiple times while walking along Nanaimo’s waterfront walkway Wednesday night.

The stabbing occurred at around 10:15 p.m. in front of Georgia Park, beside Maffeo Sutton Park, near the local crab dock. Police say it appears to have been a random attack and no relationship has been established between the victim and the suspect.

Police aren’t revealing how many times the 30-year-old woman was stabbed but say she received life-threatening injuries as a result.

She received surgery at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and is listed in stable condition today.

Const. Gary O’Brien, media relations officer with the Nanaimo RCMP, said numerous people called 911 and when police, firefighters and paramedics arrived, they found the woman lying on the ground and the man nearby being restrained by multiple bystanders.

“Upwards of five people were involved in intervening. Some held onto the suspect until police arrived,” said Cst. Gary O’Brien, of Nanaimo RCMP.

The suspect is a 17-year-old boy. Police say he will appear in court later today and has connections to Nanaimo but is from the Lower Mainland. Families of the victim and the suspect have been identified.

The 17-year-old boy will appear in court on March 28, 2019.

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