11/03/2014 11:18 EST | Updated 01/03/2015 05:59 EST

Eric Aranas, cook at Wings in Surrey, B.C., tells story of knife attack

One of the employees who was slashed and stabbed by an unknown suspect while working in a restaurant in Surrey, B.C., is now home from the hospital.

Eric Aranas, a cook at Wings and Tap & Grill in Newton, is heavily bandaged and says he's incredibly sore, but has been told he'll make a full recovery.

Aranas was on a smoke break during Sunday's busy lunch rush out behind the restaurant, when he spotted someone going into the restricted access area for employees only.

He and a co-worker went over to the man and tried to prevent him from leaving.

"I kind of stopped him. Questioned him there," Aranas said. "He was trying to leave, but we blocked him in, waiting for the police to arrive."

That's when the man allegedly lashed out with a kitchen knife. 

Aranas said it happened so fast, he barely had time to defend himself.

"I managed to block a couple of them, but I couldn't grab hold of his wrist and stop him, so he sliced me a couple of times," Aranas said.

With both employees wounded, the suspect ran off. Police are still searching for him.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said the suspect is approximately 40 years old, 5'10 to 5'11 with a large build. At the time of the alleged attack, he was wearing a black jacket, Paquest said.

Aranas needed dozens of stitches to seal deep gashes on his left shoulder and on both hands. His co-worker was also slashed and is still in the hospital under observation.

Angel Chan, the restaurant's owner, says her employees were understandably rattled by the incident and she's bringing in a security consultant to make they're safe.

"I have someone coming in to help me look at other things, everything I can do," she said. "We do whatever we could right now, but I still want to ask professional help."

The attack happened just across the street from the Newton Arena, where hockey mom Julie Paskall was killed late last year.

Owners and operators of other Newton businesses say they've been looking out for one another since that attack.