STREET VIOLENCE WATCH
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."