Police weed out facts in weekend stabbing of teen
Crown prosecutors have dropped murder charges against a Burnaby teen and are instead charging a man from Surrey in the stabbing death of 15-year-old Deward Ponte, Vancouver police revealed yesterday.
Roseller Salvacion, 19, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing and killing Ponte near Grays Park at 2 a.m. Sunday.
Dillan Butler, 18, who was initially charged with Ponte’s death, has had the second-degree murder charges against him dropped.
"These charges accurately reflect what happened," said Const. Tim Fanning, a spokesman for the department. "But in saying that, there is still more information to gather."
Butler is now charged with attempted murder in an attack on 19-year-old Clifford Mamuad, who was stabbed during the same incident and remains in hospital in stable condition.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, police received a complaint about a group of teens causing a disturbance in Grays Park, located in the 1000 Block of East 33rd Avenue.
Moments later, screams were heard coming from a nearby alleyway.
When police arrived they found Mamuad and Ponte. Both had been stabbed and were rushed to hospital. Ponte died of his injuries.
Fanning said the victims did not know their alleged attackers.
"It appears it was two groups of people that didn’t know each other who got into a fight in the park and the fight turned terribly violent."
He said the case is still active and investigators have been working through the night taking statements and gathering evidence.