EDMONTON – The Edmonton Police Service said Tuesday tips led police to the suspect in a stabbing that left an 18-year-old fighting for his life in hospital.
A male youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested by Edmonton police and RCMP on Friday, October 24, on the Paul Band First Nation near Duffield, Alberta.
He has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and breach of probation.
“He’s certainly known to police,” said EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison. “We’ve also applied to the Crown, we’ve recommended to the Crown that an additional charge of attempted murder be applied and we have confidence that the Crown will be supporting that.”
On the morning of Friday, October 17, 18-year-old Jordan Lavallee was stabbed near the Coliseum Transit Centre, at 118 Avenue and 78 Street.
Several transit operators jumped into action and provided medical aid until paramedics arrived.
Lavallee was taken to hospital and put in a medically-induced coma. Lavellee’s grandmother told Global News Thursday he was no longer in that coma. Linda Lavallee said Jordan was blinking and nodding his head. She said they are still waiting to see the extent of his injuries. The family has been told he may be paralysed.
“I was glad that they found the youth,” said Linda on Tuesday, “and I’d really like to say thank you to the RCMP and to the police.”
She also is thanking the person who called the tip into police.
“I was just so happy that they made the arrest,” she added. “It was a relief.”
Linda says, in many ways, Jordan’s condition remains the same. The family will be getting a medical update Wednesday.
“Life has changed for my grandson and the rest of my family.”
“I hope the young man learns from his actions. I hope he realizes how many people he’s affected.”
Witnesses told police three men got into an altercation at the transit centre shortly after getting off the same bus.
The next day, police released descriptions of two male suspects and a female witness believed to be involved in the incident.
On Tuesday, police said the quick response of officers to the scene, along with Edmonton Transit’s video surveillance equipment, were “pivotal” in the investigation.