‘Stabbing’ and ‘trampling’: Police investigate assault on Vancouver soccer field
Vancouver police are investigating an assault on a popular city soccer field that allegedly left a man stabbed.
The incident took place shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday at Trillium Field while a football game was in progress. Part of the encounter was captured on video.
“Someone walked onto the pitch uninvited, so I had to stop the game and say, ‘What are you doing,’ and he was really incoherent,” said umpire Dieter Trenkel to Global News, adding that the man had asked for help. .
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Trenkel said three other men walked onto the field towards the man, at which point things escalated quickly.
“(One of them) pulled a knife out of his jacket, a six, seven inch switch knife,” he said.
“They assaulted this gentleman who got to the field first, they knocked him down and they stomped on him and punched him and then the guy who pulled out the knife, he went and started to stab the guy.”
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Trenkel yelled at onlookers to stay back, call 9-1-1, and videotape the incident.
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He then ran to the aid of the victim. In video footage of the incident, Trenkel can be seen running towards the onslaught and shoving one of the assailants.
“I just saw the guy was beaten by three people and no one else was going to help, so I just reacted, just went over there.”
Vancouver police confirmed they are investigating the incident and have not yet identified any suspects.
Police could not confirm the victim was stabbed, but said she was not seriously injured.
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“We don’t know exactly what precipitated this,” said Sgt. said Steve Addison. “Obviously (it was) a very concerning incident that happened in the middle of a football pitch.”
Trenkel told Global News he had no hesitation in running to the man’s aid, despite his wife telling him he was ‘crazy’ and that in retrospect the attackers might have come back in the end. Match.
He added that the brazenness of the attack raised concerns about crime in the city.
“I was surprised it happened in front of so many people,” he said. “Like, has this town gone this far?”
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