A father and son duo were viciously stabbed early Friday around 2:20 a.m. when they tried to prevent a group of young men from breaking into cars outside their house on Lanebrook Drive, Brampton.
Regrettably, 63-year-old Glensbert Oliver died from injuries received in the confrontation with the at least five young men trying to steal parked vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A New York man has been charged with federal hate crimes after stabbing five people. The stabbing took place last Saturday night at a Hanukkah celebration at the home of Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg.
The 37-year-old’s name is Grafton Thomas, he is from the village of Greenwood Lake. Thomas has been charged with five counts of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by attempting to kill with a dangerous weapon as well as causing injuries.
The incident took place in Monsey, N.Y. Thomas was previously charged with five counts of attempted murder along with a count of burglary due to the incident. Thomas’s bail is set at $5 million. Officials have called the incident an act of anti-Semitism.
According to the New York Post, the FBI is investigating whether Thomas is connected with a stabbing that took place on November 20, in Spring Valley.
The Spring Valley stabbing was around a ten-minute drive away from where the incident occurred this past weekend.
According to The Yeshiva World, prosecutors said that Thomas had a journal full of anti-Semitism and that he recently googled “Why Did Hitler hate the Jews.”
Prosecutors said they found “Adolf Hitler” and “Nazi culture” references in the journal. There were also sketches of swastikas and the Star of David.
In a statement issued by attorney Michael Sussman, Thomas’s family said, “Grafton Thomas has a long history of mental illness and hospitalizations. He has no history of like violent acts and no convictions for any crime.” they added, “He has no known history of anti-Semitism and was raised in a home which embraced and respected all religions and races. He is not a member of any hate groups.”
“We believe the actions of which he is accused, if committed by him, tragically reflect profound mental illness.”
“Finally, we express our deepest concern and prayers for those injured physically and otherwise deeply affected by the events of Saturday night. … We thank those who rendered medical attention to each of those injured.”
On Sunday, Donald Trump commented on the incident in a tweet saying, “We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism.”
The family of Hunter Haze Smith Straight, 3, says that the injuries inflicted upon their child has left the toddler brain dead and that he is to be taken off life support Friday.
The young boy was brutally assaulted earlier this week by his mother’s boyfriend, Daniel Jensen, who stabbed the child while he was sleeping, posing the child afterwards to avoid immediate suspicion.
He was later discovered by family and rushed to hospital where he was stabilized. However, the family has announced that an MRI has shown that the toddler has been left with severe brain damage. The family has decided to take him off life support.
A vigil is now set for 1:30 p.m. Friday outside the Children’s Hospital near Sherbrook Avenue, Winnipeg.
Investigators allege that Jensen was seen with the boy’s mother, Clarise Smith, at a bar. Jensen had been previously ordered to by courts to stay away from Smith. He allegedly assaulted the mother, before driving to the home where Hunter was sleeping and assaulting him multiple times.
Police spokesperson Const. Jay Murray said charges against Jensen may be changed if Hunter dies.
“Certainly if an individual passes away as the result of an assault, we will look at upgrading charges,” he said. However, he could not comment about Hunter being taken off life support due to privacy laws.
“This incident has been incredibly tough for all levels of emergency personnel,” said Murray.
“It’s one that will remain with officers for a very long time.”
On Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed just after midnight on Côte-des-Neiges Rd. in Montreal. The boy remains in a serious but stable condition.
Montreal police Const. Manuel Couture said the stabbing occurred following a brief argument that quickly broke down into violence. According to the Montreal Gazette, he was stabbed in the upper body and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
He survived serious injuries and was stabilized soon after.
Currently, there are no arrests and no substantial suspects. Couture believes the boy will recover soon.
Police are now investigating security footage while they wait to interview the youth once he recovers.
“I pull up footage of a tall, big guy with a huge knife in his hand,” Brianna Lamane told reporters on October 5. “It wasn’t concealed… He had it, just holding it in his hand and trying to get through our front door.”
Lamane said the video was terrifying.
“I had five kids here last night. One of them was sleeping on the couch closest to the front door,” she said. “It was traumatizing to see the video.”
But Lamane was only one of several residents to be visited by butcher knife-wielding killer in the making.
Lamane had been fortunate enough to have installed security cameras only two days before, and they picked up the suspect attempting to enter the front door of her neighbour’s house as well. He was unsuccessful, again.
He finally succeeded down the road and came face-to-face with a homeowner. The homeowner told Global News that the suspect “entered his home through sliding back doors that were locked at the time. When confronted by the homeowner, the suspect sidestepped him and left through the front door,” without saying a word.
The suspect, currently facing charges, was identified as Michael Shot Both Sides. Had it not been for Lamane’s security cameras, and this eyewitness, police may not have been able to apprehend the 20-year-old suspect.
Residents of the Lethbridge, a town with “next to no crime” say they are highly disturbed and frightened by the entire ordeal.
“We thought we were safe in here in Fairmont because there’s been low to next to no crime,” Lamane said.
“I’m just nervous about the future. I’m thinking about getting more security and more locks on my house.”
“We had a couple break-ins, like months ago,” said Ryan Stanyer. “Just guys going around breaking into trucks and stuff.”
“I wanted to get a camera and the wife thought it was a waste of money but now she’s kind of changed her mind about it, so we’re going to be getting one.”
In a news release, police said that most break-ins are crimes of opportunity. They have advised the residents of Lethbridge to take necessary precautions to assure they are safe and all points of entry to their homes are securely locked.
Police have also asked any additional witnesses to come forward to assist with the investigation.
“We definitely encourage anybody with any kind of evidence, whether it’s video footage or [anything else], to come forward so we can take a look at that evidence and present it to the courts as well,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Smallbones.