Calgary Police Investigators search for additional information in random assaults

Calgary, Alberta – Calgary police investigators now believe that two random assaults that occurred earlier this year are connected and are looking for additional information from the public.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, between 10:15 a.m., and 10:40 a.m., a man in his 50s was walking on a path in Fish Creek Park, which was located east of MacLeod Trail S.E., and on the south bank of the creek, south of Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. As he was walking, the man was struck from behind by an unknown male. The suspect fled the scene after taking personal items belonging to the victim. The victim was taken to hospital with serious head and facial injuries.

Several hours later, at approximately 7:50 p.m., a 15-year-old male was walking his dog with his mother in the 1500 block of 110 Avenue S.W. As they were walking, the mother and son came upon an unknown man, at which point an altercation took place and the teen was stabbed. The man fled the scene on foot into the community of Southwood. The victim was transported to hospital by EMS in serious condition, where he underwent surgery.

Calgary Police Investigators search for additional information in random assaults
Calgary Police Investigators search for additional information in random assaults

At the time, based on initial suspect descriptions, police believed that the two assaults were unrelated, however after a thorough review of CCTV and all available evidence, detectives now believe that the same offender is responsible for both assaults. A map indicating the locations of the assaults are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

“It is extremely rare to have had multiple random and unprovoked assaults occur so close together in our city,” says Staff Sergeant Jeff MacQueen of the Calgary Police Service District 2 General Investigations Unit. “In both of these cases, the victims received significant injuries, and although they have recovered physically, the attacks have had lasting impacts on them. We are asking anyone with information to come forward, even if the information they have may seem insignificant,”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org

APP: P3 Tips

Case #20067948/4239

BACKGROUND REPORT: February 17, 2020

Police investigating random assault in Fish Creek Park

Calgary Police Service officers are investigating an assault that occurred on the weekend in Fish Creek Park. Investigators believe this assault was random; however at this time do not believe it to be connected to another random attack that happened the same day.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, between 10:15 a.m., and 10:40 a.m., a man in his 50s was walking on a path in Fish Creek Park, which was located east of MacLeod Trail S.E., and on the south bank of the creek, south of Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. As he was walking, the man was struck from behind by an unknown male.

The suspect fled the scene after taking personal items belonging to the victim. The victim was taken to hospital in serious condition.

The suspect is described as male, 40 to 50 years old, with brown skin, black hair and a medium build. He was wearing a black top with white dots and black pants.

“The random nature of the two incidents that occurred this weekend is extremely concerning to us,” says Staff Sergeant Jeff MacQueen of the CPS General Investigations Unit. “At this time, there is no information to believe the incidents are related, however we continue to ask the public to come forward with information.”

Officers have spoken to several witnesses and reviewed CCTV from the area, however are still seeking assistance from the public. Residents in the area who have CCTV are asked to check their recordings for anything suspicious.

BACKGROUND REPORT: February 16, 2020

Police investigating random assault

Calgary Police Service officers are investigating after a 15-year-old male was stabbed during an unprovoked attack at an off-leash dog park in the community of Braeside. Investigators believe this assault was random and are searching for the suspect.

At approximately 7:50 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, a 15-year-old male was walking his dog with his mother in the 1500 block of 110 Avenue S.W. As they were walking, the mother and son came upon an unknown man, at which point an altercation took place and the teen was stabbed. The man fled the scene on foot into the community of Southwood. The victim was transported to hospital by EMS in serious condition.

At this time, our investigators believe this attack was unprovoked and that the victim was targeted randomly.

The suspect is described as a man believed to be 40 to 50 years old, wearing dark clothing and a three-quarter-length jacket with reflective markings on it. Our officers continue to canvass the area and review CCTV to determine a more specific suspect description.

We are asking anyone who may have been in the area of Braeside and Southwood around the time of the attack and saw something suspicious to contact police. Residents in the area with CCTV are asked to check their recordings for anything suspicious.

Calgary Police Service

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