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Suspect arrested after a woman is stabbed in downtown New West

A woman’s screams prompted “numerous” downtown neighbours to call New West police
Arrest made: Numerous neighbours after hearing a screams from a woman who had been injured in a stabbing. photo Thinkstock

A woman suffered significant but not life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in a downtown apartment building.

Members of the New Westminster Police Department attended a multi-family building in the downtown neighbourhood at about 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, after “numerous” neighbours reported hearing a woman screaming for help in the building’s courtyard.

New West police officers rushed to the scene and located a woman who had injuries deemed to be “consistent with an edged weapon,” said a NWPD news release.

“BC Emergency Health Services paramedics provided her aid before she was transported to nearby hospital,” said the news release. “The injuries received were significant, but not life threatening.”

According to the NWPD, patrol officers searched the area nearby for a suspect, but couldn’t find anyone matching their description at the time. On May 15, police arrested a suspect.

Charges related to assault with a weapon are being recommended to Crown counsel.

The police department states the suspect and the victim are known to each other, and there is no increased risk to the public.

“We’re thankful to the neighbours who heard this woman’s calls for help and dialed 911,” said NWPD spokesperson Sgt. Andrew Leaver. “Understandably, residents nearby may have been upset by what occurred. We’d like witnesses to know the Victim Assistance Unit is here to support them if they feel they’d benefit from their expertise.”

The police investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed this incident and has yet to speak to police about what they saw is asked to call the New Westminster Police Department at 604-525-5411.

The Victim Assistance Unit can be reached at 604-529-2525.