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Updated: Bystander tackled knife-wielding man and pinned him down until police arrived

Three people taken to hospital including suspect who inflicted injuries on himself

Updated June 4 at 10:55 a.m.: Police announced this morning they have arrested and charged Alexander Stavropoulos, 25, with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and one count of breaching probation.

The 35-year-old mother was stabbed in the neck and remains in hospital in critical condition. Her nine-month-old infant was not stabbed, but sustained multiple bruises after being struck repeatedly during the attack.

GSPS say the attack was entirely random and neither Stavropolous nor the victim was known to each other. They also thanked a bystander for tackling the man and pinning him to the ground until police arrived, and those who helped the injured mother. (Related video: Meet the hero who stopped Monday's knife attack).

"We would like to thank the community member who intervened, putting the safety of others above his own," police said in a news release. "We would also like to thank the community member who provided medical aid to the woman until paramedics arrived. Your selfless acts ultimately saved the lives of the individuals who were victims of this horrific attack."

Stavropoulos is known to police. In April 2018, he was shot by GSPS officers in the downtown transit terminal. Armed with two knives he attempted to force his way into the security office and then charged police brandishing the knives. 

He later pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a weapon to commit an offence. His lawyer, Nicholas Xynnis, said Stavropoulos was distraught over the death of his father at the time, and was suffering from the effects of marijuana-induced psychosis.

Updated June 4 at 9:04 a.m.: Police managed to arrest a man for stabbing two people in a Marcus Drive parking lot on Monday thanks to the quick action of as yet unnamed good samaritans.

GSPS said multiple regarding the stabbing were received at around 3:45 p.m. on June 3. By the time police arrived at the scene, members of the public had already intervened, tackling the man with the knife and holding him on the ground until officers arrived to take him into police custody. Those good samaritans also managed to wrestle the knife away from him, without sustaining injuries.

Police have not released any other information regarding the incident.

Updated: June 3, at 4:40 p.m.

Three people were taken to hospital Monday afternoon after a possible stabbing in the parking lot in front of Michaels on Marcus Drive.

Video from the scene below:

Greater Sudbury Police spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn confirmed Monday that two people, a woman and a young child, were both taken to hospital.

"The suspect was also taken to hospital for self-inflicted injuries," said Dunn. The extent of the injuries to all three people is unknown at this time.

GSPS detectives are intervieiwing witnesses at the scene, and the forensics unit is collecting evidence.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Greater Sudbury Police Services at 705-675-9171. 

Original story:

Four people have been injured in a possible stabbing on Marcus Drive, said Greater Sudbury Police Service.

The suspect has been arrested, and the victims are being take to hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Expect heavy police presence in the area. Police are asking the public to stay clear of the area.

This story will be updated as information is made available.