Edmonton Police continue to investigate 2016 aggravated assault; witnesses still urged to contact police

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service continues to seek witnesses to a 2016 aggravated assault which left a 24-year-old man unconscious in a wooded area with serious injuries.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, at approximately 7 a.m., a bystander walking their dog in the area of 69 Avenue and 172 Street located an unconscious male in a nearby wooded area. West Division officers, along with EMS, responded to the scene and treated and transported the man to hospital.

It was reported that the 24-year-old male complainant met an unknown male at the West Edmonton Mall Transit Centre just after midnight on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The unknown male then introduced the 24-year-old complainant to a group of four to five males and two females, between the ages of 18-20, all unknown to him. The group, including the 24-year-old complainant, then allegedly walked to the Callingwood Skatepark located at 17710-69 Avenue.

A short time after arriving at the Skatepark, investigators believe an altercation took place involving the unknown male, who introduced the 24-year-old complainant to the group. It’s believed the 24-year-old complainant allegedly attempted to stop the altercation, at which time he was assaulted. The 24-year-old complainant was then located later that morning, around 7 a.m., unconscious in a wooded area nearby.

Investigators have yet to speak with the unknown male who was also allegedly assaulted during the altercation, but encourage him to contact police.

“We remain hopeful that witnesses, as well as the other assaulted male, will come forward to assist with this investigation,” says Det. Billy Countryman with West Division’s Criminal Investigation Section. “The 24-year-old complainant will sadly have to live with the injuries sustained from this assault for the rest of his life.”

The 24-year-old complainant had been wearing a light green, full button-up shirt with beige khakis and red sneakers at the time of the assault. He was also wearing a black baseball cap, sunglasses and a blue backpack.

The unknown male who was also allegedly assaulted in the altercation, is described as being aboriginal, approximately 19 years of age, with a thin build. He was riding a black mountain bike and wearing a toque in the early morning hours of May 14, 2016.

Investigators do not have suspect descriptions at this time.

This public plea was initiated as a result of new information, recently provided to police.

Anyone with information regarding this aggravated assault, which occurred on May 14, 2016, is asked to contact the EPS 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.

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