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A man ambushed the pair, plunging a knife into the younger man’s chest and nearly killing him

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Heading out on a Friday night to see a band play, you do not expect to end up stabbed and needing life-saving, open-heart surgery.

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Things happen fast in Toronto.

This was what happened just after 10:30 pm on May 13 to a kind and affable 32-year-old professional in the hospitality business who many have had the pleasure of meeting, including me. We are not sharing his name today with his attempted murderer on the loose, but trust me when I tell you I am not the only person livid about this ruthless ambush.

Before this madness went down, it was a perfect night for a dad and son out to see a show at a downtown concert hall – until a man came out of nowhere with a knife at the corner of Sherbourne and Carlton Sts.

The attacker stabbed the son four times, almost killing him.

The perfect evening suddenly became a nightmare.

“It’s terrifying,” the father said. “We never expected anything like this.”

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In Toronto in 2022, you have expected the unexpected. What should be a leisurely trip home after a fun night out can easily turn into a robbery, swarming or carjacking. This case fell under the radar but is just shocking as the other cases.

“It was a random attack,” said the father. “We have no idea why?”

But what they did notice was a man following them after they left the theater.

“We saw the guy behind us so we decided to put an extra step in our walk to get away from him,” he recalled.

It did not work.

“He caught up and got between us,” said the dad.

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The son tried to protect his dad but was stabbed in the chest, stomach and arms in front of a stunned crowd. The man then fled the scene.

“We walked a little bit towards the corner and noticed the bleeding,” the father explained.

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Lots of blood.

“It was so bad he used the concert shirt he bought to stop the bleeding,” said the dad.

Turns out the knife had caught the bottom of the young man’s heart and emergency open-heart surgery was necessary to save the 32-year-old victim’s life.

“My son was lucky because there was a surgeon there who knew how to do a special stitch, which we are told saved him,” said the dad.

Meanwhile, Toronto Police Const. Caroline de Kloet said the stabbing is being actively investigating but have no one is in custody.

Hopefully they can get this dangerous person off the street.

Meanwhile, this innocent victim is still recovering from major surgery and his dad wonders what the future holds for him.

Will he live? Will he be able to walk again? If so, will he feel comfortable doing that in Toronto?

None of that was an issue before last week. But in Toronto, you never know what could happen next.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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