Islamic neighbors are great..Until they break out the hatchets…


Ottawa police have charged a 21-year-old man with attempted murder after a stabbing and hatchet attack Saturday in Britannia.

Deeq Osman, 21, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon. He was to appear in court Monday. Detectives with the guns and gangs unit are also looking for Osman’s brother, 22-year-old Mohamed Osman, in connection with the attack.

The attack was witnessed by horrified Ritchie St. resident Tyson Flint, who said he now cannot wait to get his wife and five children as far away from the area as possible.

Saturday evening, around 7 p.m. he saw a slightly overweight, Middle-Eastern teen with shoulder-length brown hair running for his life. Behind him were a group of men, at least one of them with a hatchet.

The teen, with a T-shirt pressed to his head, collapsed in front of Flint’s van — blood gushing from wounds to his head and back.

“I was on my way to take my wife to see her brother,” said Flint, 37. “The man collapsed and blood was gushing out. He asked me to drive him to the hospital. I’ve never seen anything like that.”

His wife, who didn’t want to be identified, said the victim’s boxer shorts were covered in blood.

“Blood was just pouring from his head,” she said. “I never experienced anything like that before. This neighbourhood can be a little rough, but not like that. It was horrible.”

Flint called 911 and tried to keep the young man alert — asking him if he was “still there.”

Flint said there was a “whole crew” chasing the man and has heard the victim may have been the target of some sort of retaliation.

The guns and gangs unit has been heading the investigation, and original reports were that three males were believed involved in the assault.

The victim was in stable condition at hospital Sunday afternoon.

“It’s not over yet,” said Flint, who fears for his family — including children age 17, 14, 13, 4 and 3.

His wife isn’t only concerned for her family’s safety, but also worried that her older children will be pressured to get involved with neighbourhood gangs.

Police were on the scene — a social housing complex south of Carling Ave. near Britannia — until midnight.


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