• A Montreal man survived an horrific encounter during which a man nearly slashed his throat after stealing his cell phone.
  • The man's mother has shared the story on Facebook.
  • He survived but needed 13 stitches on his neck. His mother says that the cut was one millimeter from his carotid artery.

There is no denying that the internet is a wonderful place. You can get everything and anything with just a click of a button. However, nothing in life is perfect and the Internet, though it is great, is also a very dark place.  

The problem with communicating via Internet is that you never know with whom you are speaking on the other end of the screen. Most of the time, everything runs smoothly, but sometimes, something horrible happens that makes us question everything we are doing online.  

Last Thursday, a Montreal man claims to have almost lost his life following a sale on a marketplace group.  

Nicolas Poulin, the young Montrealer, was meeting someone at 9 p.m. close to Jarry orange line metro station with the intent to sell his old phone. 

But what was supposed to be a simple transaction turned into a violent encounter when Poulin was attacked.

"At the moment of being made pay, the man in question [hit] Nicolas with a blade (we do not know yet the type of blade) directly in the neck and ran away with the cell," said Annick Corbeil Poulin, the mother of the young man, who went to Facebook to share this story.

"Nico tried to catch him, but he felt a warmth in his neck to realize that he was bleeding profusely."

The young man was lucky that people saw what happened and it was not long until someone came to his rescue. Poulin was transported to the emergency room and received thirteen stiches across his neck, as the photo shows.

Nicolas Poulin told La Tribune that he was lucky that one of the first individuals to come to his aid was a doctor who lived in the area. She reassured him that the wound was not life-threatening. 

His mother is grateful for those “angels,” as she calls them, who came to the rescue of her son, saving his life.

Nicolas received 13 stiches in the emergency room. If the cut had reached a millimeter further, his mother writes on Facebook, it would have touched his carotid artery.

"I dare not imagine the consequences that this millimeter could have had," she says.

She concludes her post with a warning for others: "please be careful because you never know whom you are dealing with." 

The family has spoken to police and have made a formal complaint, an investigation is currently underway.

If you or anyone you know has any information regarding this incident please contact the Montreal Police Department.

To transmit confidential and anonymous information about a suspicious or criminal activity to the SPVM, you can contact Info-Crime Montreal at 514 393-1133 or online .

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