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Delta man facing 16 charges over crime rampage

The owner of this home on Deerfield Crescent was repeatedly stabbed Sunday night during a violent home invasion that was part of a crime spree that continued in Vancouver and ended in Surrey. - Martin van den Hemel photo
The owner of this home on Deerfield Crescent was repeatedly stabbed Sunday night during a violent home invasion that was part of a crime spree that continued in Vancouver and ended in Surrey.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

A Delta man is now facing 16 criminal charges, a number that may still grow, in connection with Sunday’s violent crime spree across three cities that began in Richmond.

Jonathon Gerald Leblanc, 30, is charged with robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection to a stabbing and carjacking at a home on Deerfield Crescent.

The victim of the stabbing remains in hospital, in serious but stable condition, according to a resident of the home who saw him for a few minutes on Wednesday.

The homeowner answered a knock at the front door around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, and was overpowered by a man, who held a screwdriver to his neck until a family member handed over a key to a Honda Accord parked outside.

The homeowner was repeatedly stabbed by the home invader, with at least one of the injuries piercing his heart, necessitating open-heart surgery Sunday.

Provincial crown spokesperson Neil Mackenzie said Leblanc is also charged with:

• robbery, assault causing bodily harm, and assault with a weapon against a second victim

• robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon against a third victim

• assault with a weapon against a fourth victim

• robbery of a fifth victim

• assault with a weapon against a sixth victim

• dangerous driving, mischief and failing to remain at an accident scene in relation to an incident that occurred in Vancouver

• failing to stop a motor vehicle being pursued by police in Surrey

Leblanc’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 16, for a bail hearing in Vancouver provincial court.

Mackenzie said the Crown may receive additional investigative material, and since this is an ongoing police investigation, other charges are possible.

None of the charges involve the initial crash on Highway 99, near Highway 91, in which Leblanc is suspected of driving his vehicle into the back of another vehicle, and then fleeing the scene, which is close to the Deerfield property where the homeowner was attacked.

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