Hotel manager arrested after five employees stabbed

The Red Lion Inn on Douglas St., in Victoria, B.C. (Google maps)

The Red Lion Inn on Douglas St., in Victoria, B.C. (Google maps)

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, Last Updated: 1:48 PM ET

A Vancouver Island hotel manager is in custody and will likely face charges after five people were injured in a stabbing at a hotel over the weekend, police say.

Police were called to the Red Lion Inn in Saanich, B.C., shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday.

Officers arrived to a chaotic scene: police said Monday that two of the victims were stabbed in the restaurant on the hotel's lower level, between shifts when the restaurant was closed. An employee working in the kitchen was stabbed next, followed by an employee who happened to enter the restaurant at that time, police said.

After leaving the restaurant, police allege the suspect then went upstairs and stabbed the front-desk clerk, who was the first victim to be found.

All five victims were released from hospital at some point overnight Saturday, Sgt. Dean Jantzen said.

Zhi Wei "Wally" Meng, 52, was arrested. Police are recommending he be charged with five counts of aggravated assault. He was scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon, police said.

The hotel restaurants — the Jade Fountain and Diego's Bar and Grill — were evacuated during the police investigation, as well as the liquor store in the hotel, the building's foyer and the front part of the building. People renting rooms in the back part of the hotel were allowed to stay, police said. The crime scene was released Monday morning and the hotel is open.

Saanich, located just north of Victoria, is the largest municipality on Vancouver Island.

 


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