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Suspect Charged, University Of Waterloo Stabbings Were ‘Hate-Motivated,’ Police Say

Waterloo Regional Police continue to investigate a multiple stabbing incident that occurred on June 28, 2023, inside Hagey Hall at the University of Waterloo.

As a result of the investigation, police have arrested Geovanny Villalba-Aleman, 24 years old. Mr. Villalba-Aleman is an international student who had been studying at the University.

He has been charged with the following offences: 

  • Aggravated Assault (three counts)
  • Assault with a Weapon (four counts) 
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose (two counts) 
  • Mischief under $5,000 

The accused targeted a gender-studies class and investigators believe this was a hate-motivated incident related to gender expression and gender identity. 

At the time, approximately 40 students were inside the classroom. Three people were stabbed during the attack, including the professor, a 38-year-old Kitchener female, and two students, a 20-year-old Waterloo female and a 19-year-old Waterloo male. All sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The accused was located by police within the building and arrested. He appeared in court for a bail hearing on June 29, 2023.

The investigation is ongoing by members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s General Investigations Unit, Major Crime Unit, Investigative Services Division, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit, and Forensic Identification Unit. 

WRPS will be hosting a press conference at police headquarters, located at 200 Maple Grove Road, Cambridge, at 2 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 519-570-9777.

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