Warrant issued in Strandherd stabbing case
After two people were stabbed in front of a Barrhaven Shoppers Drug Mart on Friday, police say they have a warrant to arrest an Ottawa man on an accusation of attempted murder and kidnapping, among others.
Claude Legare faces an arrest for attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, attempted kidnapping, and three counts of breach of recognizance.
The incident left two people with stab wounds when the attack took place at 4 p.m. in front of the Shoppers near Strandherd and Greenbank roads.
Family members confirm Brenda Van Leyen, a Canada Post employee, had recently left her boyfriend. Also injured was a 21-year-old Shoppers employee who jumped in to help. Van Leyen is listed in serious condition, while the employee was treated in hospital and released.
While responding to the stabbing, a police cruiser struck a pedestrian. A 43-year-old Shoppers employee was sent to hospital with leg and head injuries.
Legare is described as white, five feet seven inches and 205 pounds. Police say he has a beard and appears "scruffy", with a stocky build. He was wearing a black or dark blue hooded sweatshirt, a dark baseball cap, light grey track pants and dark winter shoes at the time of the incident.
The Ottawa police special investigations unit is asking for the public's help. Anyone with information should contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).