Two stabbings in two days at McDonald’s

There were two stabbings in two days this week at the downtown McDonald’s, at View and Douglas streets. Both were targeted attacks.

The first happened Sunday at 9 p.m. Two men, aged 19 and 20, hid inside the bathroom and waited until a 25-year-old man known to them entered. They stabbed him several times and all three fled the scene.

The victim was found a few blocks away and rushed to hospital. He is in stable condition.

Four hours after the incident, one suspect was arrested at a residence in the zero block of Bay Street. The other turned himself in to police at 6 a.m. Monday. The knife believed to have been used in the attack was found in a storm drain at Blanshard and Fort streets.

Chance Ferelli, 19, and Stephen Paul, 20, are charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The following night, a 16-year-old boy sitting at a table in the restaurant was swarmed by eight other youths, who flashed several weapons. A fight broke out and moved outside.

The 16-year-old was stabbed and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Minutes after the stabbing, police arrested two teens a few blocks away, at Douglas and Johnson streets. A 16-year-old teen from Saanich and a 19-year-old man from the North Island could be charged with assault with a weapon. Police are looking for more suspects.

ecardone@vicnews.com