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Burnaby RCMP seek suspect after youth allegedly stabbed by stranger

Three youths were detained at a Metrotown McDonald's after a stabbing Monday, but none of them turned out to be the suspect, according to police.
Police responded to a "weapons call" late Monday afternoon.

Police are working to identify a suspect in a stabbing in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood Monday.

Officers responded to a “weapons call” in the area at 5:40 p.m., according to Burnaby RCMP.

The detachment said a 15-year-old boy had run into the Walmart on Central Boulevard and told staff he had been stabbed by an unknown male.

The victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries, police said, and multiple officers patrolled the area looking for the suspect.

At one point, they were alerted to a group of youths who matched the description of the suspect and his associates, and the three youths were detained at a Metrotown McDonald's, but it was later determined they were not the suspects, according to police.

The youths were released without charges.

Police are now gathering security video from the area in an attempt to identify the alleged stabber.

The suspect is described as a male, wearing white pants, white shoes, a black "man purse" and a black puffy jacket with a white hoodie underneath, according to police.

"The motive of the incident is still under investigation,” Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Laura Hirst said in a news release. "If you have any information that could assist in identifying this suspect, please contact our investigators."

Anyone with information is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Quote file number 2023-6027. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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