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No new leads in unprovoked Grouse Mountain stabbing

The Baden Powell Trail and the Grouse Grind were cordoned off shortly after a hiker was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Nov. 5.  - File photo
The Baden Powell Trail and the Grouse Grind were cordoned off shortly after a hiker was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Nov. 5.
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North Vancouver RCMP still haven't found a suspect nearly two months after a hiker was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Grouse Mountain.

Police originally arrested a 26-year-old man but let him go after further investigation.

On the afternoon of Nov. 5, a 59-year-old Vancouver man was randomly stabbed in the stomach while hiking near the halfway mark on the B.C. Mountaineering Club trail, which runs parallel to the Grouse Grind.

The suspect, who was by himself, fled the scene, leaving the victim to stumble down the trail for help. Fortunately, he met four other hikers who called 911.

The victim underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery while at home with his family.

North Vancouver Cpl. Richard De Jong said the attack appears to be an isolated incident.

While any situation is possible, he told The Outlook it's unlikely the stabbing has anything to do with the two hikers missing in North Van, British tourist Tom Billings and White Rock resident Hai Tao (David) Liu and police have not investigated this angle.

"We're hoping it is [isolated] but sometimes months and years late things come to completion, as far as determining who it is. But at this point, we're saying it seems to be isolated," said De Jong.

Shorty after the attack there were extra foot patrols in the area, along with aerial searches and the use of a police dog team.

The incident had police particularly concerned because it was unprovoked. The victim said he met another hiker along the trail and stepped aside to let him pass, but was stabbed without warning.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens with a slim build and short dark hair. A composite drawing hasn't been produced yet.

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