Bystander saves mom, baby from knife attack in Sudbury – CHCH News

Bystander saves mom, baby from knife attack in Sudbury - CHCH News
Bystanders save mom, baby from random knife attack in Greater Sudbury, Ont.
Greater Sudbury Police say a 35-year-old woman is in critical condition following a knife attack outside of Michaels in New Sudbury.

Her 9-month old child was also injured, sustaining bruises as a result of being struck while the knife was still in the accused attacker's hand said police.

The woman sustained a stab wound to her neck in what police are calling a "random and vicious attack." 

Stavropoulos was charged in 2018 for possessing dangerous weapons following an incident at the Sudbury Transit Terminal.

"We would like to thank the community member who intervened, putting the safety of others above his own," police said in a news release. "We would also like to thank the community member who provided medical aid to the woman until paramedics arrived. Your selfless acts ultimately saved the lives of the individuals who were victims of this horrific attack."

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Stavropoulos was sentenced to time served (99 days in jail) plus two years probation for the April 1 incident, and was ordered to pay $215 in restitution to a Sudbury Transit employee. The worker was injured when police fired five or six shots to stop Stavropoulos, who came at them wielding a knife and ignored orders to stop.

SUDBURY, Ont. — Police are crediting two bystanders with saving the lives of a 35-year-old woman and her nine-month-old baby during a random knife attack outside a craft store in Greater Sudbury, Ont.

The suspect appeared in court in person wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs, and had a large bandage on his neck. The judge said she was making a note on his file that he needed medical attention.

A spokeswoman for Greater Sudbury Police said the incident Monday afternoon left the woman in critical condition with a stab wound to her neck and sent the nine-month-old to hospital with multiple bruises.

According to a press release from Greater Sudbury Police, bystanders tackled Stavropoulos during the June 3 incident and pinned him to the ground. Police describe his injury as self-inflicted.

"This was a horrific and vicious attack," Katilyn Dunn said, noting that the accused did not know his alleged victims.

They say the incident Monday afternoon left the 35-year-old woman in critical condition with a neck wound and the nine-month-old with multiple bruises.

A man who had been shopping ran outside when he heard a woman screaming, Dunn said. The bystander was able to wrest the knife out of the attackers hand and hold him down until officers arrived on the scene.

SUDBURY, Ont. – Police in Greater Sudbury, Ont., are hailing a bystander for intervening in a random on-street knife attack on a woman and her baby.

Meanwhile, she said, a 41-year-old woman applied pressure to the victims wound until paramedics could get there.

A 25-year-old man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and weapons offences, along with breach of probation.

They say the woman sustained a stab wound to her neck and remains in critical condition in hospital. Her child sustained several bruises as a result of being struck while the knife was still in the mans hand.