1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Chinatown stabbings

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Ottawa police vehicles are parked on Somerset Street W., on April 23, 2021, following a pair of stabbings. One of the victims, 64-year-old Carl Reinboth, was later pronounced dead in hospital. (Jacques Corriveau/CBC - image credit)
Ottawa police vehicles are parked on Somerset Street W., on April 23, 2021, following a pair of stabbings. One of the victims, 64-year-old Carl Reinboth, was later pronounced dead in hospital. (Jacques Corriveau/CBC - image credit)

Ottawa police say a suspect is in custody after a pair of stabbings Friday morning on Somerset Street W., one of which was fatal.

Police said they got a call about the first stabbing at the intersection of Somerset and Arthur streets around 9:40 a.m.

The victim was found with life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, where he died. He has been identified as 64-year-old Carl Reinboth of Ottawa.

In an update Friday afternoon, police said a second person was seriously injured in a separate stabbing involving the same suspect at about 11:50 a.m., at a Petro-Canada gas station.

An ambulance is parked at the Petro-Canada gas station where the second of two Friday morning stabbings on Somerset Street W. took place.
An ambulance is parked at the Petro-Canada gas station where the second of two Friday morning stabbings on Somerset Street W. took place.(Jacques Corriveau/CBC)

"His condition is serious, but we don't know what is going to be the outcome," said Const. Martin Dompierre.

"If he is declared deceased, that's going to be considered a homicide. If not, it's still going to be investigated by the homicide unit because we're dealing with the same suspect."

Charges against the suspect could be laid Saturday morning, Dompierre said.

Health centre 'devastated'

Reinboth was a "much loved and respected" staff member with the Somerset West Community Health Centre and had worked there for many years, said executive director Naini Cloutier.

The centre was "devastated" to learn of his death, Cloutier said Friday in a statement.

"In his job he provided thoughtful support to many members of our community. Clients trusted him," Cloutier said.

"Carl will be sorely missed. This tragedy is a great loss to [our] family."

Ottawa police are urging anyone who was in the area at the time of the stabbings and might have seen something to contact the homicide unit.

Police declined to say what kind of weapon was used in the attacks.