NEWTON — Surrey Mounties were on scene investigating a stabbing in Newton on Friday night when a bystander alerted them to another stabbing victim, in an unrelated assault, just a block away.
"We believe both incidents to be targeted and definitely not random attacks," Cpl. Bert Paquet said. "They are not related to one another."
The stabbings happened one block apart and within 40 minutes of one another.
At about 11:15 p.m. a 58-year-old man was found lying on the ground in the 13800-block of 72nd Avenue, suffering a stab wound to his neck. Paquet said police believe the victim was intoxicated but don't know if it had anything to do with the crime. He has since been released from hospital.
"We looked for witnesses but haven't found anybody to confirm what happened," Paquet said.
While police were still on site, a bystander reported to the officers that a 20-year-old woman had been found nearby, in the 13900-block of 72nd Avenue, with a cut to her neck.
"They found her sitting down," Paquet said.
She was taken to hospital to be treated for a "superficial" wound, he said.
Paquet said the second attack involved "apparently an argument over stolen property."
Nobody had been arrested by press time Monday.
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