Man charged with Abbotsford stabbing served time for manslaughter

Michael Froese, arrested on Saturday, was previously convicted in the stabbing death of Paul Denis.

Abbotsford Police were on the scene of a stabbing on Switzer Avenue on Saturday.

Abbotsford Police were on the scene of a stabbing on Switzer Avenue on Saturday.

A man charged with a stabbing that took place in Abbotsford on Saturday previously served time for a 2009 fatal stabbing in the city.

In the latest incident, Michael Allan Froese, 28, has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of assault.

Co-accused Nicole Carlson, 36, has been charged with two counts of assault.

Froese pleaded guilty in August 2010 to fatally stabbing Paul Denis – also known as Paulie Pockets – during an altercation on Sept. 2, 2009 at a home on Hopedale Crescent.

He was sentenced to four years for manslaughter. With credit given for the time Froese served in pre-trial custody, he was left with two years and 16 days to serve.

He was released in September 2012.

Carlson has previous convictions for possession for the purpose of trafficking, according to the provincial court database.

The two are next scheduled to appear in Abbotsford provincial court today (Tuesday).

Their latest charges relate to the stabbing of a 33-year-old man on Saturday in the 33500 block of Switzer Avenue – off McCallum Road – just after 11 a.m.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a man suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was airlifted with critical injuries to a Vancouver-area hospital, but his condition has since stabilized, said Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald.

He said police believe the stabbing was the result of a dispute among people known to each other, and is not related to gangs.

“(The investigation) is still a work in progress on some fronts, but public safety was greatly enhanced by the speedy arrest of the suspects,” MacDonald added.

Members of the Abbotsford Police Department’s patrol division, forensic identification unit and major crime unit were involved in the investigation leading to the arrest of the two suspects.

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking for witnesses or anyone else with information to call them at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973), or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.