Man suffers serious internal injuries in stabbing

Abbotsford Police are now seeking more witnesses and further information to help piece together what happened.

One man was taken to hospital with serious internal injuries early Sunday morning following a stabbing in Abbotsford, while another required stitches to one of his fingers.

Abbotsford Police are now looking for information about the incident, as well as any additional witnesses.

Const. Ian MacDonald said an altercation occurred just before 2 a.m. between two groups of men in their early to mid 20s in front of a residence in the 31600 block of Old Yale Road.

The fight resulted in a 25-year-old man being transported to Abbotsford Regional Hospital with a stab wound to his abdomen. The man was later airlifted to another hospital for surgery, and he now is expected to spend several days there recovering.

MacDonald said that, while police were assisting at the scene, they received a report that a 21-year-old man had gone to hospital at about 2:30 a.m. for treatment of a laceration on his hand.

The wound was believed to have been caused by a knife. The man received stitches and was released.

MacDonald said police have since had difficulty piecing together exactly what happened. They do not know what led to the fight, the names of all those involved, and whether the two men were wounded by the same weapon.

“Nobody involved is being particularly forthcoming,” MacDonald said.

He said none of those who have been identified are known to police.

“None of these individuals would have stood out. They’re not people that would have garnered our attention.”

MacDonald said the dispute is not linked to an incident on Dec. 10 that began with an altercation between two groups of teens and left a 17-year-old boy in critical condition after his head was bashed with a baseball bat in Clearbrook Park.

A 19-year-old man suffered less-serious head injuries after also being attacked with a bat.

Anyone with information on the latest incident is asked to call Abbotsford Police at 604-859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.