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STREET VIOLENCE WATCH
Wednesday, May 27 2015

‘Daddy fought, Daddy cried, Daddy went to sleep’: Impact statements read at sentencing for youth killer

 

By Ryan Cormier, Edmonton Journal May 27, 2015 7:55 AM

 

 John Kwiatkowski, 29, was murdered while he slept in April 2011 in his northeast Edmonton home.

For an hour, family of John Kwiatkowski told court how the random murder of their cherished son and brother shattered their lives four years ago. As his crying mother Cindy said, they could’ve talked about him for days.

Kwiatkowski, 29, was murdered while he slept in April 2011 by a 17-year-old during a random break-in. His infant daughter witnessed the killing.

“Never in my life did I think my son’s life would be taken away by murder while his little girl watched,” Cindy Kwiatkowski said. “If this can happen to John, it can happen to anyone.”

Nick Kwiatkowski cried as he spoke about his life of looking up to his older brother, who considered his family his best friends.

“He was the one to cheer you up, no matter what kind of day you were having. He was the greatest father a little girl could ask for. She’ll never again hear his bedtime stories.”

Kwiatkowski’s family read their victim impact statements Tuesday at a hearing to determine if his killer will be sentenced for second-degree murder as a youth or adult.

More than a dozen family members sobbed and left wet tissues across the gallery benches as they spoke about their inability to close the gap the murder left in their lives. Previously close, they have drifted apart as their family gatherings end in tears.

Through the misery, the 22-year-old in the prisoner’s box sat with his head bowed. He was nearly 18 when he randomly broke into Kwiatkowski’s Rundle Heights home the night of April 13, 2011.

Eight days before the murder, the youth escaped custody in Regina and drove to Edmonton in a series of stolen cars.

Armed with a metal pipe, the youth entered Kwiatkowski’s home through the open front door. In the master bedroom, he struck Kwiatkowski in the head 20 times. Kwiatkowski’s two-year-old daughter came into the bedroom and was inadvertently hit by the pipe as the youth swung it at her father. She suffered minor injuries to her face and hand.

“(The youth) took her back to her bedroom and helped her get back to sleep,” Crown prosecutor Jim Stewart told court.

Later, the girl told family members what she’d seen. “Daddy fought, Daddy cried, Daddy went to sleep.”

The youth drank a ginger ale and left his DNA on the empty can before he fled. Kwiatkowski’s wife, a night-shift nurse, discovered her husband’s body and her sleeping daughter when she arrived home.

In May 2012, the youth confessed the killing to an Edmonton detective.

“I was drunk and I just pretty much took my anger right out on him,” the youth said during an interview. He claimed he wouldn’t have entered Kwiatkowski’s house if the door was locked and would’ve eventually “took my anger out on someone else on the street.”

The hearing ended abruptly when defence lawyer Peter Royal challenged the qualifications of a psychiatrist who spoke with the youth. A delay to answer that challenge is expected to take weeks.

rcormier@edmontonjournal.com

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Wednesday, May 27 2015

 

By Keith Gerein, Edmonton Journal May 26, 2015

 

 Edmonton police are investigating the city’s seventh homicide of the year, after a man who was found outside a west-end motel last week died from his injuries.

Randy Evans, 54, died in hospital several days after suffering a vicious assault.

He was discovered around 1:45 a.m. on May 20 lying outside the front door of the Aurora Motel at 151st Street and 111th Avenue.

Just outside the motel office, police cordoned off a red semi-tractor trailer unit with a blood-spattered windshield. The truck was still running, its left signal light flashing and its driver’s side window smashed.

Evans was taken to hospital, where he was listed in critical condition until he died.

Police would not reveal the date of his death, but said an autopsy was conducted Monday. The autopsy confirmed the case as a homicide, though the actual cause of death is not being made public.

As well, police declined to say whether Evans was the driver of the truck, nor would they reveal where he lived. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Sheppard said he was a resident of Alberta, but did not live in Edmonton and was not a guest at the motel.

Police are still investigating whether the homicide is related to another incident two blocks south of the motel, at 109th Avenue and 149th Street, where a grey Dodge Durango was found smashed into a tree. The front right side of the vehicle was dented and the right headlight was lying on the grass nearby.

The Durango, which has the licence plate of BRR-5383, was listed as stolen.

Anyone with information about the homicide or the Durango is asked to call the EPS non-emergency complaint line at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

kgerein@edmontonjournal.com

 

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Tuesday, May 26 2015

BY OTIENA ELLWAND, EDMONTON JOURNAL MAY 25, 2015

EDMONTON - A 33-year-old man is in hospital with serious injuries after a shooting in west Edmonton early Monday morning.

Edmonton police were called to a “weapons complaint” in a church parking lot at Callingwood Road and 184th Street, in the Ormsby Place neighbourhood, just after 7 a.m.

The victim is in hospital in stable condition.

A male suspect was arrested in the area and police say charges are pending. A gun believed to be connected to the incident was recovered at the scene.

Police do not believe the shooting was a random act and say they are not looking for any other suspects.

Two pickup trucks and another work truck belonging to Somerville, a company which designs, installs and maintains municipal infrastructure, sat in the middle of the parking lot Monday morning, as well as a fourth vehicle, a silver minivan.

A man who said he knew the workers arrived at the scene Monday looking distraught. He said an employee had been laid off Saturday, but police spokeswoman Patrycia Thenu said it’s still under investigation whether the shooting has to do with a disgruntled employee.

Somerville declined a request for comment Monday. “There isn’t anyone willing to speak on this,” said a woman who answered the phone at the western head office in Edmonton.

Clothing, a work helmet, black lunch bag, water bottles, towels and a grey blanket lay scattered on the grass nearby.

A neighbour said she heard what sounded like a car backfiring Monday morning, but then realized it was the sound of two gun shots. She looked out her bedroom window and saw several workers running through the parking lot. They pinned one man to the ground and held him there until police arrived, she said. The woman declined to give her name.

A work site on the corner of 184th Street and 62B Avenue, across the street from the church, was vacant Monday morning.

Trevor Testawich said he was supposed to meet Somerville workers to do utility testing in the area. He said a crew of about 15 to 20 people has been replacing gas lines in the area since April, and about 30 more workers were expected to arrive Monday.

“They’re usually here at 7 a.m. I usually see them every morning,” he said. “It doesn’t look like they started work at all. The fencing is still up and the machines are still parked.”

Neighbour Sherrill Perrault woke up at 9 a.m. and said she was startled to see police tape surrounding the parking lot across the street.

“I was really scared because you never see that around here and then I saw three police cars and I thought, ‘Oh no, something is wrong,’” said Perrault, who has lived in the area for five years.

A police officer at the scene said the shooting is not related to Our Saviour Lutheran Church.

oellwand@edmontonjournal.com

 

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Thursday, May 21 2015

Man found badly injured outside Edmonton hotel

BY PAMELA ROTH, EDMONTON SUN  FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 10:58 AM MDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 02:09 PM MDT

Homicide detectives are investigating the events leading up to a bloodied man in his 50s turning up at a west Edmonton motel seeking help.

Officers were called to the Aurora Motel near 111 Avenue and 151 Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday and found the seriously injured man on the street outside of the motel. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

Police believe the man may have been involved in an altercation. The owner of the motel said the injured man pulled up in a red semi and started banging on the office door for help.

A large blood stain could be seen on the pavement in front of the office door that contained several smears of blood. The semi, parked partially on the sidewalk, had the driver's window smashed out. Blood coated much of the front driver's-side window, and also ran down the left chrome stack. A tow truck operator at the scene said the inside of the semi was covered in blood.

Down the street from the motel, police had marked a pile of broken glass. A stolen car was also located nearby.

Ernie, who did not want to publish his last name, was surprised to wake up and find himself in a crime scene. The senior from Vernon, B.C., had been staying at the hotel for about two weeks to visit his children in the city and said the area has been sketchy.

"I'm getting out of here. I'm almost 70 years old. I don't need this kind of excitement," said Ernie, who felt like he woke up in an episode of CSI.

"I didn't have a clue what was happening. It's quite a weird feeling when you wake up and see yellow crime scene tape all over the place and cops walking around."

Pamela.roth@sunmedia.ca

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Thursday, May 21 2015

Prison for Edmonton creep for sex assault following break and enter 2 BY TONY BLAIS, EDMONTON SUN FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 03:47 PM MDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015 03:53 PM MDT

An Edmonton man was put behind bars Wednesday for attacking a woman in her suite after she woke up to find him half-naked by her bed and her bedroom barricaded.

Kevin Johnathan Machado, 23, was handed a six-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty in Provincial Court to a charge of break and enter and commit sexual assault.

"The events had a profoundly negative effect on an innocent woman asleep in her bed. The crime is reprehensible. Its effect is terrible," said Judge Steven Bilodeau.

The judge ruled it was aggravating that Machado had preyed on a "defenceless" sleeping woman who was home alone, he was armed with two knives and the "terrified" victim suffered significant psychological harm.

Bilodeau cited a victim impact statement by the woman in which she wrote of the "long-lasting and intense" effects she has endured, including fear, a constant feeling of being watched, nightmares and depression.

After getting 27 months credit for time spent in pre-trial custody, Machado has 45 months still to serve. He was also placed on the national sex offender registry for life.

According to agreed facts, the break-in and subsequent sexual assault happened at an apartment building near 149 Street and 93 Avenue about 3 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2013.

Crown prosecutor Carole Godfrey told court the then- 18-year-old victim lived alone at her second-storey apartment with a cat and had gone to sleep about 12:30 a.m.

Godfrey said the woman woke up to the light being turned on and saw her bedroom door barricaded by a mirror and Machado standing by the end of her bed in only a t-shirt.

"He was hunched over holding his genitals on one of his hands and masturbating," said Godfrey. "He said 'don't freak out, if you scream I'll kill you'."

Court heard the victim did scream at some point and tried to get out of the bed to get to the door, but Machado jumped on her and was on her back trying to keep her on the bed. He also put a hand over her mouth and nose.

They fell to the floor during a struggle and one of his fingers went into her mouth and she bit it. After a further struggle, the woman was able to run into the hallway and she banged on doors for help until she got into a neighbour's suite. Police were then called.

Court heard an investigation led to police obtaining surveillance video from a nearby apartment building which showed a man later identified as Machado leaving his ground-floor suite wearing outdoor clothing and eventually running back wearing only a t-shirt and holding a pair of boots just minutes before the victim called 911.

Police determined Machado broke in through the balcony sliding door which was open. They also found a large butcher knife propped up against the window sill.

Inside the victim's bedroom, police found Machado's camouflage-type underwear and his shirt and pants. He also had an injury to one of his fingers when arrested

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Teen injured in drive-by shooting

 Edmonton Journal May 12, 2015

 

 Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in Grande Prairie late Monday. The RCMP say a 16-year-old boy was struck in the leg.

The shot was fired by someone in a dark grey or black vehicle in the area of 101st Street and 93rd or 94th Avenue.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Woman assaulted in north Edmonton, second attack in 24 hrs

Assaults happened within ten blocks of each other, at same time of night

CBC News Posted: Mar 05, 2015 4:12 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015 4:12 PM MT

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Sexual assault in north Edmonton, police look for suspect

Twenty-four hours after warning the public about a sexual assault in a north-side Edmonton neighbourhood, police issued a second bulletin about another attack.

The assaults happened within 10 blocks of each other, and in both cases the women did not know the man they say attacked them. Edmonton police said Wednesday night’s assault happened in the parking lot outside an apartment building. The woman said she was walking through the lot when a man assaulted her.

Police said the woman tried to fight off the man and yelled for help. The man fled the area. The descriptions of the male suspects in both cases are similar — a man of average height, medium build, dressed in dark clothing.

Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes with the EPS sexual assault section said police have not linked the two incidents but are investigating that possibility.

“The sexual assault section is examining the reported details in this assault due to a recent sexual assault approximately 24 hours earlier in the same vicinity.”

“However, at this time we have not established a clear link between these two events,” she said.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Woman assaulted, found in ditch recovering in Calgary hospital

Calgary police have a man in custody, called the assault a 'domestic situation'

CBC News Posted: Apr 20, 2015 2:58 PM MT Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015 2:58 PM MT

A woman is in life-threatening condition after being assaulted and found in a ditch in the northwest.

The woman was found near the Calgary Remand Centre on 85th Street. She suffered severe injuries to her face.

Calgary police say they have a man in custody and believe the assault to be a domestic situation.

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Two men sought in vicious beating of 59-year-old man

Men seen approaching drivers on 27th Avenue on evening of May 1st

CBC News Posted: May 11, 2015 6:36 PM MT Last Updated: May 11, 2015 7:39 PM MT

A 59-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in an attack in Blue Quill on May 1. (CBC)

Edmonton police are looking for two men in an attack a 59-year-old man beaten so badly, he remains in hospital in critical condition with life-threatening injuries 10 days later.

Around 10 p.m., Friday, May 1, the man was attacked near 111B Street and 27 Avenue in the Blue Quill neighbourhood in southwest Edmonton.

Police said two people who knew the injured man left a nearby home that evening and found him lying in a parking lot.

Police are looking for two men seen approaching drivers in their vehicles on 27th Avenue.

They suspects are described as between 25 and 30 years old.

One is described as 6'2",  230 to 250 pounds, with a muscular build, dark curly shoulder-length hair, and wearing a dark hoody and dark track pants.

The other is about 5'8, 150 pounds, thin, and wearing a hat tilted to one side.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Three women attacked in Terwillegar Towne

Detective tells people not to walk down alleys

CBC News Posted: Jan 16, 2014 3:56 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 16, 2014 4:34 PM MT

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An Edmonton police detective is telling people not to walk down alleys after three women were attacked in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood of Terwillegar Towne. “If you’re going to walk home alone, don’t use alleyways,” acting Det. Jerrid Maze told a news conference Thursday.

“Alleys aren’t meant for people to walk down. Those are meant for vehicles and people to put their garbage out.”

The three attacks have occurred since November.

In the latest incident, a 29-year-old woman was walking home from work near the 1800 block of Tomlinson Cres. around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday when a man grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground.

After a brief struggle, the suspect jumped up and fled the area. The woman sustained minor injuries to her face.

Police believe the same suspect is involved in attacks on females on Nov. 8 and Jan. 9, all within a 12-block area.

“We have reason to believe that it’s the same person based on clothing description and the type of attack,” Maze said.

On Nov. 8, a girl coming home from school was jumped and pushed to the ground after she got off a bus in the middle of the afternoon.

On Jan. 9, a 16-year-old girl was on her way home from school around 5 p.m. when she was jumped from behind near a convenience store on Towne Centre Blvd. 

Neither girl was injured. 

In each case, the suspect jumps the women and pulls them down to the ground. After struggling for about 20 secs, he gets up and leaves

Maze says police believe the suspect doesn’t know his victims.

“It’s more of a crime of opportunity,” he said.

Maze believes more attacks will occur. That’s why police are asking for the public’s help.

The suspect is about 5 ft. 8 in height.  He was wearing dark clothing, black gloves and possibly a balaclava in the latest attack.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Teenage girl assaulted in Riverbend

Edmonton police are investigating an assault on young girl that occured on Thursday afternoon

CBC News Posted: May 02, 2014 3:42 PM MT Last Updated: May 02, 2014 3:43 PM MT

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Edmonton police are investigating an assault on a teenage girl that occurred in Riverbend area on Thursday afternoon.

Police were called after an alleged assault in a driveway near 48 Avenue and 143 Street around 4 p.m.

A girl was walking down an alley when she was assaulted from behind by a male attacker. The man grabbed the girl and forced her to the ground. After a brief struggle, the suspect fled the scene on foot. The girl suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately six-feet-tall with a medium build. At the time of the assault he was wearing a dark-coloured jacket with a single reflective stripe around the wrist and brown jeans. He was also wearing white gloves with rubber palms and mesh tops.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Sexual assault rate continues to climb in Edmonton

Six or seven serious sexual assaults in this city every weekend,' police chief says

CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:25 PM MT Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014 4:29 PM MT

Police Chief Rod Knecht says more officers have been assigned to the department's sex assault section. (CBC News)

Sexual assault is the fastest rising violent crime in Edmonton, says police chief Rod Knecht.

“We have six or seven serious sexual assaults in this city every weekend,” he told reporters Wednesday.

Sex assaults and homicides up sharply in Edmonton

Knecht ties the increase with the rise in GHB — the so-called date rape drug — in the city.

Police seize more of the drug, “gallons of it,” than is seen in other cities of Edmonton’s size, Knecht said, calling it “deeply disconcerting.”

But Knecht doesn't believe the climbing rate of reports is due to more victims coming forward. 

“We know that 10 to 15 per cent of sexual assaults are reported, so there are a huge number out there not being reported."

"I have conversations with young people and I’m struck with how cavalier they are,” Knecht said. “Sometimes they’ve been sexually assaulted and it’s, ‘No big deal’ or ‘It’s just the way it is.’ "It’s troubling."     

Knecht said young people need to learn what constitutes sexual assault.

“This is not part of a date ... or going to the bar at night,” he said. “This kind of behaviour is not tolerated in our society or community.”

Domestic violence is also on the rise in the city, he said.

"We’re probably the only major city in Canada where crime is on the increase," Knecht said. 

That's because the city's population has swelled by 60,000 in last two years, many of which are young men between 18 and 34 years old, he said.

More officers have been added to the department's sex assault section.

Number of reported sexual assaults in Edmonton

2009

601

2010

718

2011

778

2012

797

2013

776

2014 (to date)

707

 

     
 

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Sexual assault in north Edmonton, police look for suspect

Young woman dragged into alley and sexually assaulted, police say

CBC News Posted: Mar 04, 2015 3:56 PM MT Last Updated: Mar 04, 2015 3:56 PM MT

“To approach somebody in public on the street and drag them into an alley and assault them in this way is deeply concerning to the police but I'm sure to the public as well,” says Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes. (CBC)

Police are looking for suspect after a 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in a north Edmonton neighbourhood Tuesday night.

The woman was walking near 101st Street and 128th Avenue at about 8 p.m. when an armed man dressed in dark clothing approached her from behind and forced her into an alley.

The man sexually assaulted the woman before fleeing, said Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes with the sexual assault section of the Edmonton Police Service.

“We have some concerns about the violence in this attack and the fact that a stranger would grab somebody off the street and commit this type of attack,” she said. 

The woman ran to a home in the area and police were called.

Grimes called it a serious attack and said the woman was taken to hospital with injuries. She has since been released from hospital. 

The suspect is described as a man in his mid 20s, of average height and weighing 160 lbs.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Senior assaulted in north Edmonton

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EDMONTON –A day after being assaulted in front of his garage, an Edmonton senior’s face is swollen, his ribs are bruised, and his finger is in a splint.

The 77-year-old, who does not want to be identified, was getting ready to go to the bank with his wife Wednesday afternoon. He’d just started his truck and had gone inside his home as the vehicle warmed up, when he noticed a suspicious-looking man in his alley near 122 St. and 136 Ave.

The senior went outside but didn’t see the suspect, who was reportedly hiding in his garage. When the man turned around to go back inside, he says he was knocked to the ground with a blow from behind.

At that point, the man says his attacker punched him in the face 15 to 20 times.

“He beat the hell out of me,” said the 77-year-old.

The suspect managed to escape with the elderly man’s wallet.

“Neighbours and strangers all responded to the man’s cries for help, and helped provide police with a very good suspect description and direction of travel,” said Det. Eric Wilde with the EPS Northeast Division Criminal Investigation Section.

People in the area saw a man fleeing towards a nearby Superstore, which is where officers found the suspect — reportedly trying to use the victim’s bank card in an ATM.

Twenty-nine year old Darcy Loyie has been charged with a number  of offences, including: break and enter to commit aggravated assault, break and enter to commit robbery, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen credit card, and fraud.

Melissa Reeves, who had run to help the man while her husband chased the suspect, is disgusted that something like this could happen.

“I just think it’s sick pretty much,” she said. “Why would they go after old people?”

“These people are scum. They’re the scum of the earth,” the injured senior said. “I’d like to get a hold of him.”

He says his wife is now very scared, and believes seniors have to be careful.

This isn’t the first unprovoked attack on a senior. Last summer, 86-year-old Mike Madarash was attacked while gardening in his backyard. The latest victim says his son actually works with Madarash’s son.

READ MORE: Elderly Edmonton man says he feels ‘rotten, depressed’ following July attack

“Seniors are a vulnerable part of our community and some may take advantage of them. But as a service, we try to address those issues as best we can,” Wilde said.

The man who was attacked Wednesday afternoon is thanking everyone who helped him, calling them “wonderful people.”

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

RCMP investigating assault at Sherwood Park convenience store

 


Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:11PM MDT

Police east of Edmonton said an investigation was underway, after a youth was allegedly assaulted at a convenience store in Sherwood Park.

RCMP said on Monday, May 4 at about 5:15 p.m. officers were called to a 7 Eleven on Cloverbar Road in Sherwood Park.

Strathcona County RCMP and paramedics were called to the scene, and a male youth was taken to hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered.

Investigators said early information revealed the incident may have been related to an incident of road rage.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male in his 30s or 40s
  • 5’8” tall
  • Bald
  • Heavy build
  • Wearing a black t-shirt and shorts

Anyone with information that could help police in this investigation is asked to call Strathcona County RCMP at 780-467-7741. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

RCMP investigating armed robbery at convenience store

 


Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Monday, April 20, 2015 7:43PM MDT

Police in central Alberta are investigating after an armed robbery at a Red Deer convenience store.

RCMP said the robbery took place Saturday morning at a store on Allan Street. Investigators said the suspect brandished a knife at staff, and left with cash and packages of cigarettes.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian
  • In his 20s

The suspect reportedly wore a black shirt, a black mask and a white hard hat pulled low over his eyes.

Officers were called to the scene just after 6 a.m., and were on the scene in a few minutes – they searched the area on foot, in police vehicles and with the help of Police Dog Services.

It’s believed the suspect fled the scene in a waiting vehicle, but no one was injured during the robbery.

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

RCMP investigating after indecent act reported

 


Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Friday, May 8, 2015 4:43PM MDT

Police in Fort Saskatchewan are investigating, and trying to identify a suspect, after officers were called to a reported indecent act.

Fort Saskatchewan RCMP said officers were called to the area of 99 Avenue and 101 Street just after 2:22 p.m. Friday, May 1, after an individual reported a suspect had walked by her with his genitals exposed.

Police said the suspect reportedly stayed in the area for a while before leaving on a bicycle.

The suspect is described as:

  • Male
  • About 175 cm (5’9”) tall
  • Light brown, shaggy hair

The suspect was wearing a baseball cap, black pants, a black jacket, grey t-shirt and running shoes.

RCMP are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or who can identify the suspect to contact Fort Saskatchewan RCMP at 780-992-6100, or contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

 

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Wednesday, May 13 2015

Police seek suspects after masked home invasion

 Edmonton Journal February 18, 2015

 

EDMONTON - Police are investigating after three or four people, armed and wearing masks, broke into a west-end house Wednesday morning.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. at a house near 180th Street and 62 B Avenue, police spokesman Scott Pattison said.

The masked invaders demanded drugs and money from the two people in the house, then fled through the back door, Pattison said.

No one was injured. The occupants of the house are co-operating with police, he said.

© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

One man in hospital after early morning shooting


Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Monday, April 20, 2015 6:22AM MDT
Last Updated Monday, April 20, 2015 12:56PM MDT

Edmonton police said one man was in custody after shots were heard early Monday morning in the city’s west end.

Police said the 25-year-old male was found suffering from several gunshot wounds, lying on the ground, just before 1 a.m. Monday in the area of 184 Street and 93 Avenue.

Investigators said they believe the shooting was not random – police surrounded about two blocks in the area with police tape as officers combed the area for evidence.

 

Any witnesses to the incident are also asked to come forward.

“Certainly relatively quiet neighbourhood, and not prone to this sort of thing, so [we’re] certainly hopeful someone saw something, heard something, and will contact police or Crime Stoppers,” EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison said.

Anyone with information can call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or #377 on a mobile phone.

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

Jury convicts man of Jasper Avenue restaurant killing By Ryan Cormier, Edmonton Journal May 8, 2015

 EDMONTON - Family members of Dale Maloney wept in relief Friday as the man who shot him outside a busy Jasper Avenue restaurant was convicted of second-degree murder.

Christian Iyamuremye, 25, showed no reaction in the prisoner’s box as the jury announced their verdict after being sequestered for 25 hours. In August 2012, Iyamuremye shot Maloney several times outside the Joey’s Restaurant on Jasper Avenue at 113th Street.

“We’re obviously very grateful for the outcome,” Jason Maloney said about the verdict in his brother’s death. He came from Houston to watch the trial, and other family members travelled from their home province of Newfoundland.

“We’re glad the legal system did what it was supposed to and justice was served.”

Iyamuremye will be sentenced June 19.

At trial, Maloney’s girlfriend, Tanya Marshall, told the jury she witnessed the shooting from only a few steps away. She identified Iyamuremye in the prisoner’s box as the shooter, and one of the men Maloney briefly argued with on the way inside the restaurant.

Near the front door, Maloney stopped and briefly argued with three men, Marshall said.

“I thought he was behind me, but he was bickering, arguing with a tall, black male. He was grumpy, so he wanted to fight them, I guess. I grabbed him by the arm and dragged him into the restaurant.”

Maloney, 33, asked the men what they were staring at. One of them asked if he wanted to finish the conversation in the parking lot. Marshall and Maloney then went inside and ate. Afterward, Iyamuremye and another man appeared beside Maloney’s Jeep as he pulled out of his parking stall.

During the second argument, Marshall said Maloney challenged the men when one of them reached inside a carry bag. Shots were fired moments later.

“He immediately started shooting at Dale, chasing him,” Marshall said. “He was aiming for his head.”

Witnesses said Maloney was shot while he ran, then shot again after he fell to the ground.

Another man, Bicco Saidi, was also charged with second-degree murder. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest, but he has never been located.

rcormier@edmontonjournal.com

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

News Alberta

Suspect sought after jogger violently assaulted in Edmonton

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By Claire Theobald, Edmonton Sun

First posted: Friday, April 24, 2015 07:08 PM MDT | Updated: Friday, April 24, 2015 07:18 PM MDT

 

Police have issued a Canada wide warrant for a man after a violent attack where 37-year-old jogger was tied up and sexually assaulted on April 11.

The woman was jogging west on 116 Avenue and 102 Street at around 6:30 p.m. when a man attacked her from behind, dragging her down a nearby alley.

Police say he then pulled out a box cutter and bound the woman with green painter’s tape. He demanded money before he assaulted her.

The woman escaped, running for help.

“This is a pretty brazen (attack) happening in daylight hours,” said Det. Brenda Dalziel, at downtown headquarters after the attack.

Ashton Dennis Natomagan, 33, is wanted on a Canada wide warrant on number of charges including robbery, assault with a weapon, kidnapping, sexual assault with threats to cause bodily harm, and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public.

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

February 3, 2014 6:07 pm

Updated: February 3, 2014 8:19 pm

Man charged in Edmonton assault and carjacking

By Slav Kornik and Emily Mertz Global News

 

 

EDMONTON – Police have charged a man in connection with an assault and carjacking in a west Edmonton strip mall last week.

Ryan Neil Charette is facing several charges including two counts each of robbery with a firearm and using an imitation firearm.

“The firearm was an imitation, but to the public, it’s not,” explained Sgt. Patrick Ruzage. “It doesn’t look like an imitation; it looks real.”

Charette was spotted by Londonderry Mall security on Friday after the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) distributed surveillance photos of the 29-year-old.

“All these security people, we work in collaboration with them,” said Ruzage. “We had fanned out the picture of the suspect, and as a result, one of the … officers at the mall recognized the individual and brought him to our attention… north division patrol officers responded to the mall and the suspect – the accused now – was taken into custody without any incident.”

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, a woman and her seven-year-old daughter were walking in the parking lot of a west end strip mall when they were reportedly approached by a man. The man allegedly pointed what looked like a handgun and demanded the woman’s purse and car keys.

The woman and her daughter attempted to flee, but the man allegedly threw the woman to the ground and assaulted her.

“She was fortunate enough to steer her daughter to safety and intervened to try to fend off the suspect while her daughter went to safety. In the course of this, she was assaulted, punched, and pushed to the ground,” said EPS Acting Sergeant Neil Thompson.

A man intervened, but the suspect reportedly pointed his weapon at him as well.

The suspect then allegedly ran towards a vehicle and threatened the owner with the gun, before stealing the vehicle and leaving the scene.

An employee from a nearby business told Global News a young girl ran into the store crying on Tuesday evening and told a cashier that a man was beating her mother. A staff member called police.

The employee said the mother also came into the store before police arrived.

“The mother of the young girl suffered minor injuries,” said Thompson, “but as you can well imagine, was very traumatized by the event.”

“It’s certainly surprising that somebody would assault a woman that has her young child with her. That is quite rare. I haven’t seen that very often in my career and hopefully won’t see anymore of them.”

Despite two carjacking incidents in one week, police say they are not related.

“It’s something that’s very, very unusual, but they’re not related,” said Ruzage, who said the last time a similar incident took place in Edmonton was years ago.

“The last that I recall, based on our history here, is back in 2009. So again, you can tell that this is not something that’s ongoing. It’s a new trend.”

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

News Edmonton

 

Assault leaves man seriously hurt


 

By Kevin Maimann, Edmonton Sun

First posted: Saturday, September 27, 2014 08:58 PM MDT | Updated: Saturday, September 27, 2014 09:10 PM MDT

Jericho Grey is wanted by High Prairie RCMP in connection with a vicious assault . (RCMP supplied)

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Police are looking for a suspect in a vicious assault that left a 32-year-old man in life-threatening condition.

Edwin Laboucan of Cadotte Lake was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a vicious assault early Thursday morning.

Police are asking for the public to help locate Jericho Boyd Grey, 18, from Atikameg First Nation. Grey is also wanted by High Prairie RCMP on an arrest warrant for aggravated assault of a second victim.

Grey is described as 5'7” and 174 pounds, with a tattoo of G-STAR on his right forearm and a large scar on his left forearm.

Grey was last seen in the Cadotte Lake area but police believe he could be in Atikameg, Loon Lake or Little Buffalo.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police are asking anyone who knows Grey's whereabouts to call their local police or RCMP detachment. ​

 

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

Couple bound, beaten in alleged Edmonton home invasion

 

 


CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Sunday, February 1, 2015 10:38AM EST

Two people are recovering from serious injuries in Edmonton after they were bound, gagged and beaten in an alleged home invasion in the city's north end.

Edmonton Police are looking for a suspect or suspects following the incident that took place about 3 a.m. Friday in the area near 179 Avenue and 99 Street. 

The victims of the alleged attack – a man and a woman, believed to be in their 20s – showed up at a medical centre with serious injuries. 

 

Police say that had been bound and beaten, with bags over their heads. Due to the seriousness of the situation, the medical centre went into lockdown. 

Officers say the man is still in hospital in serious but stable condition, while the women has been released.

A heavy police presence in Edmonton's Elisinore neighbourhood Friday afternoon left residents confused. 

Vince Zumbo, who has lived in the area for five years, said he was surprised to see two police vehicles parked in front of his house. Other residents said the officers on the scene didn't tell them what was going on.

Acting Staff Sgt. Colleen Maynes could not confirm if the incident was gang related or a random attack. However, she said some of the people involved are known to police. 

While police confirmed that three others showed up at the health clinic around the same time with serious stab wounds, they do not believe the incidents are related.

 

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

Charges laid in connection to assault at convenience store

 


Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Friday, May 8, 2015 4:59PM MDT

RCMP east of Edmonton said a man in his 30s had been charged in connection to an assault dating back to Monday afternoon.

Strathcona County RCMP said Chadi Said Temraz, 39, had been charged with a count of aggravated assault in connection to Monday’s incident.

On Monday, May 4, at about 5:15 p.m., officers were called to the 7 Eleven on Cloverbar Road in Sherwood Park after a male youth was allegedly assaulted. The youth was injured in the incident, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

 

On Friday, RCMP confirmed the incident came as a result of a road rage incident.

Temraz has been releaed from custody, and is expected to appear in a Sherwood Park courtroom Wednesday, June 10.

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

Calgary police seek suspect after car with disabled passenger aboard carjacked

April 1, 2015 Updated : April 1, 2015 | 6:59 pm

The Calgary Police Service says a woman suffering from cerebral palsy was taken for a ride with a carjacker after the vehicle she was in was allegedly stolen at gunpoint.

Det. Jack Russell says a call for service came in around 10 a.m. when a support worker had her 2004 Toyota RAV4 taken from the Marlborough Park Mall.

“The driver was forced out of the vehicle allegedly at gunpoint and the car was stolen with the disabled passenger still onboard,” Russell said.

The woman was found a short time later in the 5000 block of Marbank Drive NE., but police say it’s unknown whether she escaped the car herself or was forced out of the vehicle by the suspect.

Both women, the driver and the passenger, were speaking with Calgary detectives on Wednesday afternoon and Russell said neither of the victims was injured.

“It doesn’t happen every day fortunately and, at the end of the day, its good that both victims are safe and well,” he said.

Police say the alleged carjacker is a white woman in her 40s, with brown hair and, at the time of the offence, she was wearing a grey hoodie with a dark jacket overtop, black pants and brown footwear.

Neither the suspect or the vehicle have been located by police, and Russell said police are also collecting CCTV footage from the area in hopes of identifying the alleged perpetrator.

Russell explained if members of the public find themselves in a situation where they’re being robbed or carjacked, it’s better to co-operate, get to safety and then call 911.

“If something like this happens, it’s better just to give up your piece of property … and then phone 911,” he said, adding later “Because life is more important than a piece of metal.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service at 1-403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers.

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Tuesday, May 12 2015

2 men sustain life-threatening injuries in 2 unconnected shootings

Police were investigating a home invasion where a man was shot when a bullet-riddled SUV pulled up

CBC News Posted: Jun 03, 2014 7:15 AM MT Last Updated: Jun 03, 2014 7:20 AM MT

Two men were rushed to hospital Monday night with life-threatening injuries after two apparently separate shootings in north Edmonton.

Police were investigating a home invasion where a man was shot and sustained life-threatening injuries when a bullet-riddled SUV pulled up with another man who also was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound.  Police responded to a call about shots being fired at approximately 10:04 p.m. at a residence near 113 A Street and 136 Avenue.

Police say several men allegedly forced their way into the home and threatened the couple residing there. A 48-year-old man was shot and suffered a life-threatening injury while a 44-year-old woman suffered minor injures. The men that broke into the home fled out the back door and were last seen going westbound through an alley, police said. Police do not know if any property was stolen.

Second, unconnected shooting

While police and EMS were investigating the incident, a bullet-riddled SUV pulled up to the scene with the passengers asking for help. A 22-year-old man in the SUV was suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. The man was treated at the scene and remains in hospital in critical condition.

Police Insp. Ed McIsaac said the SUV appeared to have been shot at five or six times. He said four people were inside the vehicle, but only the 22-year-old was injured. Police followed the direction where the SUV came from and found a separate crime scene at 94 Street and 132 Avenue. A case of rounds was discovered at the scene.

The alleged home invasion and vehicle shooting will be investigated separately. The EPS Gangs unit will be assisting with the investigations. Police say the two incidents do not appear to be random or connected. No information has been released about suspects and there have been no arrests or charges.

 

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