Man pleads guilty to stabbing woman, off-duty cop outside elementary school

Feb 24 2020, 3:46 pm

A man who was charged in connection with a stabbing incident in Delta last February that left both a woman and an off-duty officer injured has now pleaded guilty to three charges in relation to the incident.

The investigation began on February 20, 2019, when Delta Police Sgt. John Jasmins – who was off-duty at the time – witnessed an altercation between a man and a woman outside Immaculate Conception School and intervened.

“During this process both he and a female victim received serious stab wounds,” police said. Officers quickly arrived on scene and the suspect was apprehended “minutes later.”

Police said Jasmins has since returned to full-time duties at the Delta Police Department. The female victim was seriously injured, and while her condition has improved, she is still recovering.

The suspect faces ten charges in relation to this incident and his alleged actions in the preceding days. He has been in custody while awaiting his court appearance.

In court on Monday, February 24, 2020, the suspect pleaded guilty to three charges: one count of attempted murder and one count of unlawful confinement – both against the female victim – and one count of aggravated assault for his actions against Jasmins.

The suspect’s name is now subject to a publication ban and as such cannot be released.

Upon hearing the guilty pleas, Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord reflected on the incident.

“It was just over a year ago when I was sitting in the office and learned that one of our officers had been hurt,” he said. “Those were some chaotic and tense moments, as it took a while for reports to come in from our various officers on the ground.”

Dubord said that from the perspective of the police department, “it’s gratifying to see these three guilty pleas. These are very serious charges and reflect the gravity of what occurred a year ago.”

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4 and 5, 2020.