Canadian police arrest second suspect in stabbing 10 people to death


Canadian police on Wednesday arrested the second man accused of stabbing 10 people to death and wounding 18 others around an Indian reservation in Saskatchewan province. The crime took place three days ago and, on Monday (5), the brother of the accused – who was also involved in the episode – was found dead and with several injuries.

Myles Sanderson, 32, was detained near the town of Rosthern, 100 kilometers from where the killings took place, according to Canadian police. “There is no longer any risk to public safety,” the agency said.

Wednesday’s arrest came hours after police reported that an individual with a knife had been seen driving a stolen pickup truck in the town of Wakaw, east of Rosthern.

Also on Tuesday, the accused’s parents asked him to turn himself in to the police. “Myles, my boy, turn yourself in. Please. You can do this,” his mother told Canadian broadcaster CBC News. “Come back. Turn yourself in. Do the right thing,” she added. The accused’s father also spoke to reporters. “We don’t want any more harm. I don’t want anyone else hurt. Please, my son. I love you. Surrender. Be safe,” he said. The two cried while giving interviews.

Myles has a long criminal record. CBC News reported that he had been wanted by security forces in a provincial town in Saskatchewan since May, when he stopped showing up for meetings with the agent responsible for overseeing his probation. He served time for assault, robbery, property damage and threat.

Police are now investigating whether he may have killed his brother, Damien, found dead on a lawn near a house that was being investigated.

According to the corporation, Sunday’s attacks took place in different locations in Saskatchewan, including the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon communities, and 13 crime scenes are being investigated.

The accused fled in a black car and there are reports that they were in Regina, the provincial capital, more than 300 kilometers from the attacked areas. The alert caused the search to extend to the neighboring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta, a vast area equivalent to almost half of the European continent.

The episode ranks among the deadliest in recent Canadian history. Police say they are still investigating the motives for the crime and believe that some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the accused, while others were attacked at random.

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