UPDATE: Arrest made in George Street stabbing

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An 18-year-old is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing another man on George Street in St. John’s over the weekend.

Jake Long, 18, is facing a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing a 36-year-old man over the weekend.

Jake Long appeared in a St. John’s courtroom early Saturday afternoon, less than 12 hours after police were called to George Street to investigate a disturbance.

The 36-year-old victim was transported to the Health Sciences Centre. A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary spokeswoman said he sustained significant injuries that were not believed to be life threatening.

Long is also facing charges of assault with a weapon (a knife), possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes, and possession of a concealed weapon. After he was taken into police custody, Long allegedly damaged property at RNC Headquarters. That resulted in a charge for damaging property.

Duty counsel lawyer Heidi Marshall requested that Long undergo a psychiatric assessment. She indicated the accused hoped to be sent to the Waterford Hospital and said he did not want to remain in the St. John’s Lockup.

Asked later by Judge Patrick Kennedy whether he had anything to say, Long reiterated what Marshall said, stating emphatically he was unwilling to go back to what he called “the clock tower.”

However, Kennedy said it was not in his power to determine where Long would be sent for a psychiatric assessment, indicating that decision would be in the hands of the Superintendent of Prisons for the province.

With Crown prosecutor Natalie Payne stating that undergoing a psychiatric assessment was reasonable given the seriousness of the charges, Kennedy granted the request.

Long is remanded in custody until his next courtroom appearance on Monday.

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(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has confirmed an 18-year-old man in police custody will face multiple charges following a stabbing incident early Saturday on George Street in St. John’s.

Police said the accused will be charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon when he appears in court later today.

The 36-year-old male victim remains in hospital, where he is being treated for what police describe as significant but non-life threatening injuries.

Police were called to George Street at approximately 2:40 a.m. Saturday.

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(Earlier story)

Police in St. John’s are investigating an apparent stabbing incident on George Street that happened overnight Friday.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s overnight report, officers were called to the popular street known for its bars and pubs at 2:40 a.m. to respond to a disturbance.

The injured male was found there and received some assistance from police before being taken to the Health Sciences Centre.

Police have not provided information on his condition but did say the injuries were consistent with a stabbing.

As of early Saturday morning, no arrests have been made.

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: George Street

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  • Pete
    March 31, 2014 - 11:00

    Some people make bad choices in their lives, doesn't mean they are bad people. Should he have been carrying a weapon, probably not. To know the situation, you would have to be the persons involved in the situation. You have to know the facts, the whole truth, before jumping to conclusions. One mistake in someone's life shouldn't reflect their entire life. All anyone can hope for is that he learns from the mistake he has made. Guilty? We'll leave that for the courts to decide, once the facts are heard.

  • Pete
    March 31, 2014 - 10:58

    Some people make bad choices in their lives, doesn't mean they are bad people. Should he have been carrying a weapon, probably not. To know the situation, you would have to be the persons involved in the situation. You have to know the facts, the whole truth, before jumping to conclusions. One mistake in someone's life shouldn't reflect their entire life. All anyone can hope for is that he learns from the mistake he has made. Guilty? We'll leave that for the courts to decide, once the facts are heard.

  • diane
    March 30, 2014 - 16:17

    maybe you guys dont know what your talking about an maybe it was self defence an maybeyou should here the whole story an may be the other guy wad hi as a kite so shut the. up

  • darren publicover
    March 30, 2014 - 15:20

    the kid should do his time like a adult thats why these punks keep doing these things

  • Jackson
    March 30, 2014 - 03:00

    Please don't tell me you get to choose where to stay in prison just because you say "I don't like that cell"

  • psychiatric assessment
    March 29, 2014 - 19:28

    I have never see a court use this so much in my life. I have lived in another province all my life just the past two years here ..Is this some kind of money racket going on that every case needs to have a psychiatric assessment ?. He had the knife in his pocket for the reason if he every had to use it he would ..Cant believe the court system in Newfoundland has to be one of the biggest jokes I have ever seen ..Wait there is a bigger joke studded tires and why they have is beyond me must be so they can keep contractors with jobs fixing the roads ..Job creation at its best I guess lol

  • darrell
    March 29, 2014 - 18:27

    Another well raised child. Thanks mom and dad for this gift.

    • Parent
      March 31, 2014 - 09:39

      This comment is for Darrell, your obviously not a parent! You can do everything you possibly can for your children and teach them the right path but when they leave the door you can't be with them 24-7 especially when they are an adult. You can only hope that they have listened to what you have said and hope they follow the right path. Everyone has a choice in life, some people make the wrong choices and they have to learn to live with it. This may or not be a reflection in how they were raised!

  • Guy Incognito
    March 29, 2014 - 15:08

    Another fine example of the youth in our province......

  • wavy
    March 29, 2014 - 14:17

    Let me guess, the "drugs made me do it" defense.