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UPDATE: Boy, 11, stabbed in neck while playing soccer


A place usually associated with fun and leisure was the scene of a horrific crime Thursday night that left many young children traumatized.

An 11-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck while playing soccer early in the evening at a field in Topsail.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance, and as of late Thursday night, the young victim was in serious condition.

By the end of the night, a suspect was in custody. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Bill Janes could not confirm any details concerning the identity of the suspect, but did indicate he was found in Conception Bay South.

According to witnesses, a boy who appeared to be in his late teens jumped a fence, ran onto the field while a group was playing soccer, stabbed a player and ran away.

The stabbing occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. Parents not already at the field arrived shortly thereafter to pick up their children.

Parents and children were both shaken and visibly upset, with many leaving in tears while comforting each other. Officers were still at the scene late Thursday night, and Janes said the RNC would continue to work on the case throughout the night.

“This incident can only be described as a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts are with the victim and his family,” he said.

A grey Honda Civic police suspect is connected to the incident was seized on Boggan’s Lane in Topsail. Sources told The Telegram the suspect lives with his mother on Boggan’s Lane and his sister participates in the same soccer program that was using the field in Topsail Thursday night.

The victim reportedly attends Holy Family School in Paradise. The principal was reportedly contacting parents Thursday night to inform them about the incident.

Janes said an RNC co-ordinator specializing in stress management has been called in to work with the many victims and witnesses linked to the incident. That co-ordinator will make arrangements to put together a team to assist with that task.

“We’re obviously dealing with a very serious issue that can have a significant impact on the persons who were there,” said the chief.

Janes could not confirm or deny whether the attack was random.

The Town of Conception Bay South issued a news release about the incident late Thursday night.

“This is a tragic event that has occurred,” Mayor Ken McDonald said in the release. “The town is fully co-operating with the RNC on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 11 year-old boy and his family.”

The RNC is asking anyone who may have information in relation to this crime to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

The Town of Conception Bay South sent out a news release Thursday night to say it's working with the RNC in its investigation.

“This is a tragic event that has occurred,” said Mayor Ken McDonald. “The Town is fully co-operating with the RNC on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 11 year-old boy and his family.”

— With files from Rosie Mullaley

 Earlier story:

The young boy who was stabbed Thursday night at a soccer field in Topsail is in serious condition at a St. John's hospital.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Bill Janes offered that update in a news conference at RNC headquarters in St. John's. He also confirmed a male suspect is in custody. No charges have been laid.

Janes could not confirm the age of that suspect. Witnesses indicated the male appeared to be in his late-teens.

EARLIER STORY:

The RNC says the suspect in the stabbing of a 11-year-old boy in Topsail has been apprehended.

EARLIER STORY:

Police may have found the getaway vehicle used by the suspect in the stabbing of a 11-year-old boy in Topsail tonight.

The dark-coloured Honda was found near the field where the boy was stabbed, on Boggan's Lane. The street was closed off except to residents and there was heavy police presence.

 

EARLIER STORY:

A 11-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck while playing soccer Thursday night at a field in Topsail.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

According to witnesses, a boy who appeared to be in his late teens jumped a fence, ran onto the field while a group was playing soccer, stabbed a player and ran away.

Police and paramedics are on the scene. The stabbing occurred about 7:45 p.m.

Parents arrived at the field to pick up their children, many of whom were crying.

Police are currently questioning witnesses and parents who were at the field when the incident occurred.

The Telegram will update its website as new information is obtained.

Note: the boy's age has been corrected.

An 11-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck while playing soccer early in the evening at a field in Topsail.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance, and as of late Thursday night, the young victim was in serious condition.

By the end of the night, a suspect was in custody. Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Bill Janes could not confirm any details concerning the identity of the suspect, but did indicate he was found in Conception Bay South.

According to witnesses, a boy who appeared to be in his late teens jumped a fence, ran onto the field while a group was playing soccer, stabbed a player and ran away.

The stabbing occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. Parents not already at the field arrived shortly thereafter to pick up their children.

Parents and children were both shaken and visibly upset, with many leaving in tears while comforting each other. Officers were still at the scene late Thursday night, and Janes said the RNC would continue to work on the case throughout the night.

“This incident can only be described as a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts are with the victim and his family,” he said.

A grey Honda Civic police suspect is connected to the incident was seized on Boggan’s Lane in Topsail. Sources told The Telegram the suspect lives with his mother on Boggan’s Lane and his sister participates in the same soccer program that was using the field in Topsail Thursday night.

The victim reportedly attends Holy Family School in Paradise. The principal was reportedly contacting parents Thursday night to inform them about the incident.

Janes said an RNC co-ordinator specializing in stress management has been called in to work with the many victims and witnesses linked to the incident. That co-ordinator will make arrangements to put together a team to assist with that task.

“We’re obviously dealing with a very serious issue that can have a significant impact on the persons who were there,” said the chief.

Janes could not confirm or deny whether the attack was random.

The Town of Conception Bay South issued a news release about the incident late Thursday night.

“This is a tragic event that has occurred,” Mayor Ken McDonald said in the release. “The town is fully co-operating with the RNC on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 11 year-old boy and his family.”

The RNC is asking anyone who may have information in relation to this crime to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can also provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

The Town of Conception Bay South sent out a news release Thursday night to say it's working with the RNC in its investigation.

“This is a tragic event that has occurred,” said Mayor Ken McDonald. “The Town is fully co-operating with the RNC on this matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the 11 year-old boy and his family.”

— With files from Rosie Mullaley

 Earlier story:

The young boy who was stabbed Thursday night at a soccer field in Topsail is in serious condition at a St. John's hospital.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Bill Janes offered that update in a news conference at RNC headquarters in St. John's. He also confirmed a male suspect is in custody. No charges have been laid.

Janes could not confirm the age of that suspect. Witnesses indicated the male appeared to be in his late-teens.

EARLIER STORY:

The RNC says the suspect in the stabbing of a 11-year-old boy in Topsail has been apprehended.

EARLIER STORY:

Police may have found the getaway vehicle used by the suspect in the stabbing of a 11-year-old boy in Topsail tonight.

The dark-coloured Honda was found near the field where the boy was stabbed, on Boggan's Lane. The street was closed off except to residents and there was heavy police presence.

 

EARLIER STORY:

A 11-year-old boy was stabbed in the neck while playing soccer Thursday night at a field in Topsail.

He was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

According to witnesses, a boy who appeared to be in his late teens jumped a fence, ran onto the field while a group was playing soccer, stabbed a player and ran away.

Police and paramedics are on the scene. The stabbing occurred about 7:45 p.m.

Parents arrived at the field to pick up their children, many of whom were crying.

Police are currently questioning witnesses and parents who were at the field when the incident occurred.

The Telegram will update its website as new information is obtained.

Note: the boy's age has been corrected.

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