'Brave' coworkers kept stabbing rampage from being worse

A stabbing victim (in the white shirt) walks behind the stretcher of another victim as they arrive...

A stabbing victim (in the white shirt) walks behind the stretcher of another victim as they arrive at Sunnybrook Hospital on April 9, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

TORONTO - If not for the brave actions of several of a culprit's coworkers, veteran Det. Dan Darnbrough shudders at just how bad this could have turned out.

"It's horrible for sure," he said. "It could have been worse. Even more could have been seriously hurt."

And he credits the "brave" staff at Ceridian for preventing that from happening.

The suspect, after allegedly stabbing two people in the office, then headed into the main office area where witnesses said he was "waving" what is believed to be a knife.

It was a scene right out of a horror movie.

An office's worst nightmare.

"But everybody stayed calm, cornered him and talked him down," said Darnborough, who was marvelling at the courageous actions of the employees.

It is conceivable, he said, that the suspect could have been able to escape and get out of the building at 4110 Yonge St., but the staff did not let that happen.

"They were able to subdue him," said the detective.

At that point police took Chuang Li, 47, into custody. Video showed him to be animated and agitated. He is now facing 11 charges including three counts of attempted murder.

Later in his cell at 32 Division, "he was calm" and did meet with a duty counsel, according to police.

It's the worst of humanity mixed with the best.

On one hand you have a knife-wielding, allegedly disgruntled employee charged with attacking and wounding his colleagues while being let go from the company. On the other hand you have coworkers who dove into action to not only stop the attack, but do so at great risk to themselves.

"They are absolute heroes," said Rita Court from inside the building. "They just did it without any worry of what could happen to them. They were courageous."


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