Kiwi tourist stabbed in random attack in Canada says he is lucky to be alive

  • 15/07/2023
Jamie Hallowes was stabbed during a random attack in Canada.
Jamie Hallowes was stabbed during a random attack in Canada. Photo credit: Facebook/Jamie Hallowes

The Kiwi tourist stabbed in a random attack in Canada says he is lucky the attacker didn't hit anything vital. 

Just before 8pm on Wednesday (local time) Jamie Hallowes was stabbed twice while walking through Granville Entertainment District - a downtown neighbourhood of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. 

Hallowes said he was waiting to cross a road in Vancouver when a random guy decided to stab him a couple of times - completely unprovoked.

"First one got me pretty good in the side but the second only grazed my arm," Hallowes wrote on Facebook.

"Didn't hit anything vital so I'm super lucky on that account but man it could have been so much worse."

He reportedly went to a nearby convenience store where a security guard bandaged up the first stab wound before Hallowes headed to St Paul's Hospital where he was properly bandaged up.

Hallowes has reported the attack to Vancouver Police.

On Friday, Vancouver police confirmed no arrests have been made so far. 

"From what we know so far, this attack appears to be completely random and unprovoked," Constable Tania Visintin said.

"Investigators are looking for a man about 5'5" tall, with a medium complexion. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dark jeans, and a blue baseball cap."

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson told Newshub it's aware of the stabbing, but has not been approached for consular assistance.

Hallowes said he is determined to still continue his travel plans and not let the attack ruin his trip.

"Safe n sound now, all stitched up and ready for some more adventures," he said.


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