Charges laid in Wednesday knife attack

BYWARD MARKET – A man was charged today (Jan. 28) suspected of stabbing four people yesterday in a startling knife attack at the George Street Salvation Army location.

Yesterday, Ottawa Police Service (OPS) frontline patrol officers responded to a stabbing at the shelter on George street on Jan. 27.

“At approximately 8:50 p.m., a man armed with a knife entered the building and stabbed four people,” the OPS said. “All four people suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The victims are staff members and clients.”

Responding officers located and arrested the suspect on scene.

The Ottawa Paramedic Service reported four people suffered serious injuries from the attack.

  • A 30-year-old male suffered from a penetrating trauma to his chest and an arm. Critical condition
  • A 59-year-old male and a 60-year-old male both suffered from a penetrating trauma to their abdomen and their condition are both deemed as serious
  • A 47-year-old female suffered from a penetrating injury to her back. Stable condition

“Numerous paramedic resources responded to this location as it was reported multiple patients have sustained traumatic injuries,” the paramedic service released in a statement. “In total, four patients were assessed, treated and transported to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre.”

The Ottawa police Central Criminal Investigations have charged David Breau, 33 of no fixed address with:

  • Aggravated Assault, four counts
  • Assault with a weapon, four counts
  • Possession of weapon for the purpose of committing an offence
  • Breach of Probation, two counts
  • Fail to Comply with a release order

He is scheduled to appear in court today (Jan. 28).