An altercation over a cigarette led to a stabbing in Saanich last night.
At around 1 a.m. on Thursday August 29th, a 29-year-old man and his girlfriend, a 33-year-old woman, purchased cigarettes the Shell gas station at the corner of Douglas Street and Saanich Road.
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Once they left the gas station, they were approached by a 25-year-old man who asked for a cigarette. When they refused, an argument ensued during which the suspect punched the woman in the face.
Her boyfriend stepped in to stop the assault, which is when the suspect stabbed him.
Saanich Police arrived on scene and were able to locate the man and woman in front of Red Lion Inn. The man was transported to the hospital where he is currently recovering from non-life threatening injuries.
The woman had minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
Police were also able to locate and arrest the suspect in the Shell parking lot. He is currently in police custody and is expected to make a court appearance later today.
Officers will be recommending charges of Aggravated Assault, Assault and Robbery.