Nighttime knife fight ends in death
Those looking for a tasty treat at a downtown after-hours restaurant and bakery were met with shock yesterday as homicide detectives shut the building to search for answers in the city’s latest homicide.
Police say an early morning fight among a group of customers at the Garden Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown, near 106 Ave. and 100 St., resulted in the death of a 32-year-old male.
The fight erupted in front of a number of other patrons around 2:45 a.m. yesterday before police and emergency response crews rushed to the scene, said Insp. Terry Rocchio.
While initial reports indicted the victim was stabbed in the chest, police would not comment on any of the injuries the man suffered.
"Everything is in the initial stages of the investigation and we don’t want to compromise it at this point," Rocchio said.
The victim has not been identified at this time.
The incident is the latest in a string of alleged violent attacks that have occurred over the past several days, say police.
"It’s been extremely busy, but our members have performed exceptionally well," Rocchio said.
"There have been a number of high profile cases in the last couple of days, but they’ve done an outstanding job."
On Friday, a woman was gunned down in a vehicle and later died in hospital in the city’s west end. A witness who dropped the woman off at an emergency room has been uncooperative in the police investigation, say detectives.
Police are also searching for suspects involved in the death of a 24-year-old who was found in a ditch earlier this month in the northeast edge of the city.
The medical examiner ruled Friday that the man died from blunt force trauma, but his name will not released until next of kin are notified.