UPDATE: Retired man stable after he was stabbed in heart during home invasion
The owner of a Deerfield Crescent home was stabbed in the heart during a violent home invasion involving a carjacker, near the start of his multi-city crime spree Sunday night.
After some life-saving surgery, Mounties said Monday afternoon that the homeowner is in stable but serious condition.
A resident of the two-storey house told The Richmond Review Monday morning he first heard a commotion around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, with screaming and yelling coming from the front of the house.
He later learned the owner of the house had answered the door, and was overpowered by the man standing outside, who forced his way into the house and demanded keys to the vehicle.
The wife of the homeowner screamed, and her son was kept at bay by the suspect, who held a screw driver to the homeowner's neck, and repeatedly stabbed him in the upper chest until someone handed over the keys to a Honda Accord parked outside.
The homeowner was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery, with multiple stab wounds in the upper chest, including one that pierced his heart.
The resident said as he heard the ruckus in the entryway to the house, he called out if help was needed even as he was dialing 911.
He heard someone reply "No", but believes it was the suspect who answered.
A pitbull that lives in the backyard happened to be locked up at the time of the home invasion, the resident said.
The resident, who was downstairs, finally got into the house, and saw the injured homeowner lying on the floor. He and his wife applied first-aid, putting pressure on his wounds until the ambulance arrived.
"He had open heart surgery at VGH last night. From all intents and purposes, everybody thinks he's going to pull through and be fine but he's definitely stabbed up."
The resident said that the homeowner's son tried to intervene.
"Every time his son went to try to stop him, he stabbed the dad again until he finally got some keys because he just wanted a car. He wanted to get out of here."
The victim is retired, the resident said.
According to Vancouver Police Sgt. Randy Fincham, Richmond Mounties responded to a crash on Highway 99, near the backyard to the Deerfield Crescent home.
The driver of one of the vehicles in that collision had to climb over a fence to get to the Deerfield Crescent house, which backs directly onto Highway 99.
After stealing the Honda Accord, the carjacker allegedly attacked a man as he was withdrawing money from an ATM machine at the TD Canada Trust at Kingsway and Victoria Drive.
Fincham said the victim was stabbed several times, and had his money taken.
Seconds later, a car travelling south on Victoria Drive was involved in a head-on collision involving the car stolen from Richmond.
The driver of the stolen Honda Accord tried to steal another car that had stopped to help.
Both the driver and front passenger in that car, a husband and wife, received slash wounds as the suspect hacked at them through an open driver's window, while their two children, ages 7 and 10, were in the back seat.
The victims were able to drive away, and the couple was treated in hospital.
The carjacker then went to a nearby gas station, and carjacked a Honda Civic.
He was eventually arrested around 11 p.m. in Surrey, after police there located the stolen Honda.
After a lengthy search involving police dogs, police were able to track down the man in a heavily-wooded raving.
The suspect, a 30-year-old Delta man, is facing numerous criminal charges, and is known to police. He remains in Vancouver Police custody pending his next court appearance.