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Double stabbing at Surrey restaurant

WATCH: Two restaurant workers are stabbed in Newton. Jeremy Hunka reports

Two Surrey restaurant employees were rushed to hospital on Sunday after an intruder allegedly slashed them with a knife inside the kitchen of Wings restaurant near 72nd Avenue and King George Blvd.

One remains in hospital but the other has been released. Both are doing fine and are expected to make a full recovery.

The owner of Wings says the suspect needs to be caught.

“This needs to stop, this is a public place,” she says. “Even before this happened [we were] concerned because it doesn’t matter what location you are at, the number one priority is the safety of our staff.”
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According to Staff Sgt. Joe Johal, the two employees noticed a man, who they apparently recognized from a previous encounter, in the back of the restaurant around 12:30 p.m.

“They attempted to detain him for police attendance,” says Sgt. David Macdonald of Surrey RCMP. “[The suspect] takes a knife from the restaurant and stabs both employees prior to fleeing.”

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5’11” with a large build, wearing sunglasses and a baseball hat.

“Identifying and apprehending the suspect has remained a priority for our investigators,” says Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP. “We are asking the public for any information on this case in order to assist us in taking this individual into custody.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca

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The incident comes after a string of high profile violent incidents in the Newton neighbourhood.

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READ MORE:  Police charge man in slaying of B.C. hockey mom

The latest attack happened just a block from where Julie Paskall was randomly robbed and murdered last year.  She was attacked and killed in the parking lot of a community ice arena on Dec. 29, 2013.

The body of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch was found near the train tracks on 146th Street and 66th Avenue  in September.

The man charged with Vermeersch’s death was a convicted sex offender, who was at high risk to re-offend when he was released from jail in June 2013.

READ MORE: Convicted high-risk sex offender charged in the murder of Surrey teen

The most recent attack has Surrey residents once again worried about their safety.

Community activist Naida Robinson says “she’s shocked but not surprised” by the latest incident.

She wants Surrey mayoral candidates to step up their efforts to fight crime in the area.

“This incident is another example of the fact that–as a Surrey resident, as a Newton resident–we really need to pay attention to what our local politicians are saying to us, to stop what’s happening in our city. It’s not getting any better.”

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