Two men are in hospital and two men have been arrested following a stabbing at Friday’s Lounge & Grill over the weekend.
The incident took place early Saturday morning as the bar was shutting down. It left two men with stab wounds.
The first man, an employee of the bar, was stabbed after showing the two accused outside.
St. Albert RCMP Const. Janice Schoepp said the attack occurred after the two men had already been taken out of the bar.
“They were outside already so this all took place outside,” she said. “They had been escorted out and then this occurred.”
The second man who was stabbed was a customer at the bar who tried to intervene.
Another employee of the bar was also punched in the face after she stepped in and tried to help one of the accused up.
After the melee, one of the attackers attempted to flee the scene in his vehicle, driving through a crowd of people and nearly hitting them.
“People had to basically jump out of the way and then he hit a vehicle.”
Both men were taken into custody shortly after police arrived.
An 18-year-old man from Edmonton, Ebraheem Mustapha, has been charged with two counts of assault and was released to appear in court on Dec. 6.
The other accused is a 17-year-old Edmonton man who is being held in custody until his first court appearance Dec. 7. He cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, but is facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes and dangerous driving.
Schoepp said Mustapha has no prior criminal record, but the 17-year-old does have prior convictions and is known to police.
The two victims hurt in the attack are expected to recover.
“I believe as of yesterday they were still in the hospital, but I think they are still in good condition.”
She said with the minor having been in the bar before the incident, they are working with the bar to look at security procedures.
“The RCMP and Alberta Gaming and Liquor are working in co-operation with them to review the matter.”
She said investigators were assisted in the investigation by security footage of the parking lot that recorded the incident.
“It certainly assists in piecing everything together.”