IHIT has identified the victim of Friday’s South Surrey stabbing at Semiahmoo Mall as 45-year-old Surrey resident Delphin Paul Prestbakmo.
Police said they were called to the 1700-block of 152 Street around 3 a.m, where they found a man suffering from “grievous” stab wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
IHIT says it is still early in the investigation, with a motive for the stabbing still to be determined.
“We are releasing the name of our murdered victim in an effort to determine his activities prior to his death,” Sgt. Frank Jang of IHIT said in a statement released Friday evening.
“We need Delphin Prestbakmo’s closest friends and associates to come forward. We also urge any witnesses who were in the area of the 1700-block of 152 Street to contact us. Right now, we believe there may be others that were involved in this altercation, and that’s why its so crucial for those with information about what happened to please come forward.”
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Officers cordoned off a large parking lot on the mall’s north side, along with a stretch of 18 Avenue between 152 Street and Southmere Crescent East.
One man was arrested Friday morning, after a police dog unit was able to track him to a nearby home in the 15000-block of 19A Avenue.
No charges have been laid.
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Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The homicide comes just two weeks after a well-known Hells Angel was fatally shot in a South Surrey drive-thru less than a five minute drive away, however Jang said there was no indication so far that the cases were connected.
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