A 42-year-old man was charged Monday in a Montreal courthouse after allegedly stabbing a woman in Westmount.
Curtis Jonas is on trial on four charges, including attempted murder, after a 25-year-old woman was stabbed early Sunday morning on the corner of Maisonneuve Blvd. and Roslyn Ave. Police say the suspect did not know the victim of the attack.
“The victim was walking on the sidewalk and the suspect stabbed her,” said Veronique Comtois, spokesman for the Montreal Police Department (SPVM).
Comtois said two Westmount Public Safety Department officers on their patrol saw the attack coming and intervened. They called the Montreal Police Department, who arrested the suspect.
The victim was taken to hospital in critical condition. On Monday, police said her condition is now serious but stable.
Jonas also faces one charge of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm, and possession of a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. He is known to police and was previously criminally convicted in 2018 for possessing a weapon in violation of a warrant, failing to comply with a probation order and unauthorized possession of a firearm, according to court records. A judge sentenced him to two years’ probation. In 2014, he was also acquitted of attempted murder.
Jonas’ attorney, Alan Guttman, told CTV News that his client will undergo a mental health assessment on Tuesday.
Gail van der Walde lives in Westmount and woke up Sunday to find the street had been cordoned off by police.
“There’s a lot of buzz when bars usually close,” she said.
“I’ve heard it before. People on the street: loud, aggressive, and it’s discouraging to me and reassuring that Westmount security has arrested this man.”
Van der Walde believes that city security should become much more active as restrictions are lifted and the province opens up more.
“Given the COVID situation, I think the level of stress people are feeling right now is high, especially young people,” she said. “I look at my circle of acquaintances and see that there is a lot of stress.”
She added that while Westmount is a relatively affluent city, residents should not feel it is safer than other neighborhoods, especially at night.
“I’ve lived here all my life and believe me, I don’t feel that way at all,” said Van der Walde.
The stabbing was one of four acts of violence over the weekend, including two shootings that resulted in injuries.
There were no fatalities in the violent attacks and police are investigating the other stabbings and shootings.
With files from CTV News’ Joe Lofaro