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Police investigate at a restaurant in Toronto's Chinatown on Wednesday, Dec. 28, after a woman was taken to hospital suffering from stab wounds to the neck.

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Charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault are pending after a man was arrested following the stabbing a woman in the neck in a Chinatown restaurant.

The woman, in her 30s, was rushed to a Toronto trauma centre without vital signs but is expected to survive.

Police and medical responders were called to a Chinese restaurant on Dundas Street just west of Spadina Avenue at 2:14 p.m., according to Staff Sergeant Andy Norrie with Toronto police.

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"Obviously there was a dispute," Staff Sgt. Norrie said.

The woman was wounded in the kitchen of the restaurant, Staff Sgt. Norrie said

The man police arrested is in his late 50s and is believed to be a coworker of the woman.

Staff Sgt. Norrie said the woman underwent surgery and was in "grave condition."

Henry Fung, 26, said he was eating lunch at a seafood establishment above the restaurant where the stabbing took place.

Mr. Fung said he went to the window overlooking the downstairs restaurant after he heard a woman's scream from outside

"When I came to the window, I saw a pool of blood down on the stairs," he said.

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A bystander who didn't want to give his name said he saw two men try to help the woman as she lay on the sidewalk before police arrived.

About an hour after the incident, three women were led out of the building by a police officer and put in a police cruiser. They were not wearing handcuffs and appeared visibly upset.

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