Edson, Alberta – Edson RCMP have charged a man in relation to a suspected random assault on 4th Avenue that occurred on April 26th. David Dumont (37) of Edson, Alberta has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, possession of a prohibited weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of breaching probation.
Dumont was arrested the same evening of the attack at a local drinking establishment on an unrelated matter. As a result of that interaction, police found evidence that led them to believe he was involved in the attack.
While the investigation is still continuing at this time, police have worked fervently to collect enough evidence to present this case to the courts.
“I can’t say enough how important the information we receive from the public can be in cases like this,” states Cst. Alex Ayres of the Edson RCMP Detachment. “Something that might not appear criminal outright, but is nonetheless suspicious, can turn out to be particularly useful in later investigations. This was the very case that evening when a young adult called in a suspicious person complaint and assisted us in tying the suspect to the area of the crime.”
Dumont has been remanded in to custody and is expected to make his next appearance in Edson Provincial Court on May 16th. If you witness a suspicious occurrence, do not hesitate to contact the Edson RCMP complaint line at (780) 723-8800. Please note as many details as safely possible, such as the location, a description of the person(s) and/or vehicle(s) including the licence plate, direction of travel, and what is happening.
(April 27, 2017):
Edson RCMP Investigating Random Assault in Public Street
Edson, Alberta – RCMP in Edson are investigating after a suspected random assault took place in on a public street. On April 26th, 2017 sometime between 10:00 and 10:30 PM an older man was walking in the area of 4th Avenue (Highway 16 West) and 54th Street in Edson when he was assaulted by a person unknown to him.
The victim suffered numerous cuts, abrasions and bruising, especially to his face and is being treated in Hospital. Police believe a weapon was used in the attack, but are still investigating other aspects of the assault, including possible motives.
“This assault occurring in the vicinity of Highway 16, would have been very public,” states Constable Alex Ayres of the Edson RCMP Detachment. “We hope that someone driving by may have witnessed this incident taking place and have knowledge that will assist us in identifying who is responsible.”
Edson RCMP have identified a suspect and collected evidence but are continuing to investigate. Anyone with knowledge of this occurrence is asked to contact Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8800, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.crimestoppers.ab.ca/edmonton/.