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Jury picked for trial of accused attacker in Good Samaritan case

Chris and Saul suffered serious knife wounds when they tried to assist a woman they saw get hit by a man last April. The man charged in the attack goes to trial Feb. 21. - File Photo / The Leader
Chris and Saul suffered serious knife wounds when they tried to assist a woman they saw get hit by a man last April. The man charged in the attack goes to trial Feb. 21.
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A jury was selected today (Feb. 1) for the trial of a Surrey man accused of viciously attacking a pair of Good Samaritans who stepped in the middle of a couple's dispute last year.

Anthony Andrew LaRose, 20, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two weapons-related charges in connection with the April 2010 incident.

The victims, Chris and Saul, were enjoying a guy's night out when they say they saw a man hit a woman at a bus stop near Fraser Highway and 156 Street. Both men were 24 years old at the time.

The two went to see if the woman was okay and were stunned when the man swung a large knife at Chris, slicing open the right side of his face and damaging his teeth.

The man then turned on Saul, slashing him across the neck, and then returned to Chris, stabbing him in the chest.

Saul's brother-in-law came running and the man and woman fled.

Both Chris and Saul lost several pints of blood, required surgery and underwent months of recovery. Saul was clinically dead for about 30 seconds on the operating table.

LaRose's trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 21 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

- with files from Dan Ferguson

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