SURREY â€” Two men are in hospital after a double stabbing at a Surrey restaurant Sunday.
Surrey RCMP were at the scene at Wings Tap and Grill in the 7100-block King George Boulevard after a man entered through the back door of the restaurant just after 12:10 p.m. and attacked two staff members.
Police said the man went into a restricted employees-only area, where he was confronted by two employees.
â€œWhen they tried to detain him, he picked up a knife and subsequently stabbed or slashed both employees prior to fleeing,â€ said Sgt. David MacDonald.
The two employees suffered non-life-threatening injuries on the arms and abdomen.
A restaurant employee who did not want to be identified said the two victims were male cooks. She said the attacker was not known to the restaurant or the employees.
The attacker was described as Caucasian, in his 40s, with a heavy build. At the time of the attack he was wearing a black jacket with red writing.
The stabbings play into what has become a hard-fought race to be Surreyâ€™s next mayor.
All three main candidates in the tightly-fought race to succeed Dianne Watts have declared crime to be the No. 1 issue in the fast-growing community.
Newton has been particularly hard-hit. The Sunday incident occurred not far from the Newton Recreation Centre, where hockey mom Julie Paskall was murdered Dec. 29 as she waited for her son.
Earlier this fall, 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch was also murdered, with local neighbourhood activists insisting on more crime prevention and law enforcement for Newton.