Saturday, November 7, 2009

Serious Crime Close to Home

Wow ... last night I drove Nick to the local bank to let him get some cash out to pay a friend for a Hip ticket from last month ... and then to drop him off at his friend's house ... I'm the DD in the family.

Meanwhile, as we approached the local Shopper's Drug Mart at the end of Jockvale (on Strandherd), we saw a police cruiser blocking the way with its lights flashing. As we got closer, we saw a cruiser at the other end of the parking entrance doing the same thing ...

And then we saw police stringing up yellow tape. There was a strange yellow tripod there, which caused Nick to speculate that they were providing security for surveyors ... but I suggested that this was crime scene tape. And I was right ...

Note: This is around a mile form the house ...

Two stabbed, one pedestrian hit in Barrhaven

Updated: Sat Nov. 07 2009 11:43:40

ctvottawa.ca

A young store employee may have saved a woman's life as she was stabbed in front of a Barrhaven Shoppers Drug Mart on Strandherd Road.

Media reports say Brenda Van Leyen, a Canada Post worker, had recently left her boyfriend.

Around 4 p.m., Van Leyen was stabbed near the store and the 21-year-old Shoppers employee tried to step in. She was left in serious condition with multiple stab wounds, and is still in hospital.

The Shoppers employee was also stabbed, but treated in hospital and released.

Police are hunting for a man who is said to have attacked Van Leyen and the employee.

As Ottawa police responded to the call, one cruiser struck a pedestrian. A 43-year-old man -- also a Shoppers employee -- was taken to hospital with serious leg and head injuries.

Police closed the Strandherd-side entrance to the mall Friday night pending an investigation, which is ongoing. The force's special investigations unit has been called in.

Anyone with information should contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

5 comments:

crazy football mom said...

OMG!! sounds like the North End in Winnipeg...

Kim Letkeman said...

Yeah ... we get one every decade it seems. The last one was a neighbourhood girl abducted and killed late one night. Turned out to be a neighbor I think. This one is said to be an ex-boyfriend. Sad.

crazy football mom said...

That IS sad...very frightening when it's so close to home.

Sue W said...

not random crime, but crime against a woman, apparently.
Consider how much worse it would be if there were guns instead of knives involved.
B'tard liberals and NDP allow a free vote on private member's bill to remove the "long-gun" registry...resulting in a bill that is going to become law, unless there's an election soon.
Nice anniversary tribute for the Montréal massacre.
Sorry...I'm ranting again!

Kim Letkeman said...

Yeah, I agree ... all three are crimes against women. Pretty cowardly stuff ... and how about a government that chickens out on containing the gun menace ...