Two men from Thompson have been sent to Winnipeg for treatment of stab wounds following a series of attacks by knife-wielding youths in the early hours of May 30.
The last of three victims who were stabbed was walking on a trail near Forest View Suites, formerly Princeton Towers, around 5:20 a.m. when he was attacked by a group of youths. The 27-year-old was stabbed multiple times and taken first to Thompson General Hospital and then to Winnipeg for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He is currently in stable condition.
Less than two hours earlier, around 3:40 a.m. Thompson RCMP responded to a report of a stabbing downtown. The 48-year-old victim is believed to have been walking on the path next to the homeless shelter when he was stabbed by two youths. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries ands then to Winnipeg, where he is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
About an hour earlier, at 2:45 a.m., RCMP officers on patrol found a 24-year-old man with a stab wound on Mystery Lake Road. Police believe he was stabbed by at least two teenage males while other people from the same group watched.
A security guard at a hotel and a man walking in a park in Deerwood reported being attacked by a group of youths during this same time period. The security guard reported seeing the youths armed with knives.
“These are very serious incidents and our investigators are determined to find those responsible for these senseless acts of violence,” said Insp. Brian Edmonds, the officer in charge of the Thompson RCMP detachment, in a press release sent out around 10:30 p.m. May 30. “We know there were multiple people involved in the attacks as well as some that watched these violent encounters; someone knows who is responsible and we are asking them to come forward and share the information.”
Anyone who witnessed these attacks or has more information on them can call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6909 or Manitoba Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.