Daughter goes missing and hasn’t been found for more than a year now, months later father assaults his neighbour then recently the son runs away from home and the father informs media before authorities, now today father stabs two people. If this isn’t any indication that the father has something to do with his daughters disappearance, than I don’t know what would make it any more obvious. It’s more than anger and frustration about a daughter missing, he’s got a guilty conscience about what he did to his daughter that he stabs two people, can’t live too long carrying a secret without getting punished for it, which would drive one to insanity. Put the puzzle together, it’s not difficult to figure out.
A police officer investigates at the scene of an alleged stabbing on Greenwood Ave.
TANNIS TOOHEY/TORONTO STAR
The father of missing teen Mariam Makhniashvili has been charged in the stabbing of two people in the city’s east end.
Vakhtang Makhniashvilli faces one charge each of attempted murder, aggravated assault and failure to comply with a recognizance.
He was taken into custody after two people were stabbed earlier this afternoon.
Calvin Barry, Makhniashvili’s lawyer, said he learned of the charges at about 4 pm when he spoke to 55 Division officers.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak with my client because he is under a lot of stress,” Barry said.
Makhniashvili will be detained overnight at 55 Division and will appear in court for a bail hearing tomorrow.
Barry said he fully expects the Crown to seek a detention order tomorrow and he hopes to have time tomorrow to speak to his client.
On Thursday, just before noon, police responded to a double stabbing on Greenwood Ave. and Queen St. E.
A 54-year-old male sustained a non-life-threatening stab wounds to the abdomen and his 51-year-old wife was stabbed in the arm, Emergency Medical Services confirmed.
Sources confirm the victims, David and Delores (Rosita) Langer, acted as his sureties in a previous criminal matter, when Makhniashvili was arrested in May after he allegedly stabbed his neighbour.
He was released on a $50,000-bail by the Langers, even though they did not know the Makhniashvilis personally.
Victor Su, a co-owner of store in the area Chino Loco, was making burritos when he heard “a lady screaming … it was just like someone in pain screaming…it was inaudible, it was just screaming,” he said.
Su saw a woman outside a neighbouring door with blood down her arm and throwing objects at Makhniashvili as he walked up the street. “He seemed really calm,” he added.
Su then called police.
By the time police arrived to find the steps leading up to the porch splattered with blood and items such as old newspapers, water bottles and flyers strewn around the front.
Ron Baird, who lives up the street, arrived minutes after the alleged altercation.
He saw a woman in a blue robe sitting on the porch and a man standing beside her.
“She looked pretty weak. She wasn’t distraught. She was quiet,” Baird said. “Neither one said anything.”
Baird said he had spoken with the witnesses who said that during the altercation the victims were yelling at what sounded like Makhniashvili.
“She was covered in blood and he was wearing no shirt, just pants. (Paramedics) were bandaging him up,” Baird said.
Baird also spotted a bloodied “big knife” with five to six inch blade just steps from the porch where it is believed the alleged assault happened. He did not see Makhniashvili but other witnesses told him he had driven away minutes earlier.
Makhniashvili later turned himself into police for questioning.
Residents of the apartment building where Makhniashvili and his family live were surprised to hear of his recent arrest.
Some had no idea they even lived in the building.
“If this carries on, it’s going to bother us,” said David Verbian, who’s lived at in the building for 37 years. “I feel sorry for his wife.”
Lela Tabidze, wife of Vakhtang Makhniashvili arrived home with her son George at about 3:30 p.m. but declined to give any comments before going inside.
In June, Makhniashvili made headlines again when he was back in custody when the Langers withdrew as sureties due to his mistrust towards them. He was later bailed out by his wife and put under house arrest.
The family was in the news again earlier in the week when George Makhniashvili, Mariam’s brother, briefly went missing.
He returned home unharmed the next morning. The incident was considered a result of a dispute he had with his father.
His sister has been missing from the Bathurst St. and Eglinton Ave. area since Sept. 14. 2009, when she was last seen outside her school.