One man in hospital, another in police custody following alleged stabbing in Glace Bay

Sharon Montgomery-Dupe
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GLACE BAY — A 44-year old Glace Bay man is in hospital recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, while a Glace Bay man in his 30s was arrested, following an alleged stabbing at a two-unit house at 211 Seaview St. on Monday.

A man is seen sitting outside 211 Seaview St. while police officers were in back of the house investigating the stabbing of a 44-year-old Glace Bay resident, who is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

"The victim and suspect are known to each other," said Desiree Vassallo, spokeswoman with the Cape Breton Regional Police Service.

She said the suspect lived at the residence in question.

Vassallo said police originally got a 911 call regarding a disturbance on Seaview Street on Monday at about 11:54 a.m.  

"While en route a second call came in from the Cape Breton Regional Hospital that a man had been admitted with stab wounds," she said.

"So when police arrived on the scene the victim had already been transported to hospital."

She said police quickly arrested the suspect at the scene.

"There was one other person at the scene so police would be speaking to that person as a witness.”

Vassallo said a weapon was recovered.

"We can't get into the specifics of that weapon yet because of the active investigation."

She said it’s not known yet if the incident occurred inside or outside of the home in question.

"It was in that residential area, in the 200-block of Seaview Street."

Members of the Cape Breton Regional Police identification and major crime units were on scene and could be seen scouring the backyard and driveway. Another officer left a police vehicle wearing protective gloves and carrying an evidence bag.

A man who came out of the front door marked 211 A said whatever occurred involved the tenant downstairs at 211 B and had nothing to do with the occupants of the upstairs apartment.

Traffic was heavy on the normal quiet street as word of a stabbing spread and motorists drove slowly by the house trying to get a glimpse of what was going on.

"I hope it's not the man who is handicapped and lives upstairs as I know him," said one motorist.

A car pulled up with two women inside, one stating she was the sister of the man who lives in the downstairs apartment.

Frantic at the sight of the police cars, she was wondering what was going on.

After recognizing her father in the driveway, she went over to speak to him and the officers on scene.

"They can't tell us anything right now," she said a few minutes later.

Meanwhile, neighbours were rattled by the news.

"There was an awful lot of terrifying screeching going on," said a neighbour who did not want to be identified.

The woman said she was in her bathroom late Monday morning when she heard frightening screaming.

Standing near the house in question Monday afternoon, she said it wasn't surprising to find out that's where it came from.

"There are often police there, there's always something not nice going on there,” she said.

"Yes, it does worry and concern me what is happening there."

Duncan Roach, also a neighbour, said he noticed a man and a woman outside yelling Monday. He said he got ready to go to the hardware store and by the time he left noticed the pair was still there but had calmed down.

"I went up to the store and when I got back, they were gone," he said.

However, then seeing lots of police vehicles there, he knew something was happening.

"The next thing I knew the police were at my door asking if I had seen anything happening over there."

Roach said he doesn't really know the people who live there and there had never been problems with the occupants of the house.

"I'm not sure how long they lived there — I keep to myself a lot."

Police were still on scene late afternoon Monday. Vassallo said it was not known late Monday afternoon if or when any charges could be laid and the matter is still under investigation.

smontgomery@cbpost.com

Organizations: Cape Breton Regional Police Service, Cape Breton Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Seaview Street, Glace Bay, Cape Breton

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