May 7, 2014 6:25 pm

UPDATE: 19-year-old charged with attempted murder in Nanaimo stabbing attack

UPDATE: Arshil Azim Parekh, 19, appeared in Nanaimo Provincial court earlier today and was charged with attempted murder. The Nanaimo resident is charged in connection with an attack of a 16-year-old girl on May 6.

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A 19-year-old is facing charges following an early morning stabbing that sent a 16-year-old girl to hospital in Nanaimo with multiple life threatening stab wounds.

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At around 12:30 this morning, Mounties were called to the 3300-block of Fairway Crescent after getting several emergency 911 calls about an assault.

Paul Robertson, who lives near the area where the assault happened, heard a loud commotion and a woman screaming. When Robertson yelled out, “what’s going on?”, the woman told him to call the police. It was when the suspect heard Robertson was calling the police, he fled the scene.

Although police told the good samaritan to stay inside, Robertson decided to go check on the woman, who was lying in the street.

She was lying in the street in bad shape and had been stabbed multiple times, Robertson told Global News.

Upon arrival, police found the teen victim bleeding and in distress with several stab wounds. Paramedics were called and the girl was taken to the hospital, where she underwent surgery. Police say her family has been notified and it’s expected she will be in the hospital for several days.

Police Dog Services were brought in about an hour after the assault. Corporal Dean Muir and his canine partner Arco managed to track the male suspect on a nearby street.

He was taken into custody, arrested for aggravated assault and he is expected to be charged later today.

Cst. Gary O’Brien from Nanaimo RCMP says if it was not for the neighbour’s intervention, the outcome may have been much worse.

O’Brien said the suspect and the victim knew one another and investigators will be looking into the nature of their relationship prior to this incident.

He says the charges against the suspect may be upgraded to attempted murder.

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