Media Releases http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/ Below is a listing of all EPS news releases. These releases are available for three months from the date of posting. <br /><br />To contact the EPS Corporate Communications, please phone (780) 421-3551. en 27 May 2018 23:32:20 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Autopsy results confirm cause of death in southwest Edmonton homicide http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/SouthwesthomicideautopsyMay25.aspx An autopsy conducted by the Edmonton Medical Examiner today has confirmed that Harry Gillis, 25, died of gunshot wounds. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, Southwest Division police responded to reports of gunshots fired in the area of 111 Street and 23 Avenue. A short time later, it was reported that a 25-year-old male arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds. The victim had been shot while sitting in the rear seat of a taxi cab. The taxi driver, who was not involved in the shooting, immediately contacted the taxi company&rsquo;s dispatch and transported the victim to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at approximately 6 a.m. yesterday. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Homicide Section has deemed the manner of death to be homicide. Detectives continue to investigate. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided to release the name of the deceased as it serves an investigative purpose.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Investigators encourage anyone with information about this suspicious death 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 </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.</span><span> &nbsp;</span></p> 25 May 2018 23:01:54 UT Yemane Family still looking for answers to loved one’s “senseless” death in 2016 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/yemanehomicidetwoyearanniv.aspx The Yemane family continues to seek answers surrounding the “senseless” death of Gherezghiher (Gary) Yemane, two years after their loving husband and father was randomly gunned down while out for his evening walk. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;Everyone knows that &lsquo;one nice guy&rsquo; whose intentions and actions are always so pure. He believed in treating everyone with respect, and in turn, they would hopefully reciprocate. That was our dad,&rdquo; explained Winta Berhane, 24, the youngest of Gary and Abeba&rsquo;s three children. &ldquo;He was an amazing human being with a heart of gold.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;My family continues to live with our nightmare. We wake up every morning missing our dad, and my mom&rsquo;s husband. We always wonder if someone will come forward to the police or Crime Stoppers with information that will help us bring the individual(s) responsible for the violent death of my father to justice.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Gary Yemane was a dedicated nurse, whose career spanned more than 33 years. He immigrated to Canada in 1984 from Eritrea, Africa. He continuously volunteered for various causes throughout his life including spearheading stem cell donations to Canadian Blood Services from the African, Caribbean and Afro-Canadian community. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;The pain we feel as a family is indescribable,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;My brothers and I miss our dad deeply, our mother lost her husband, her best friend, her life partner, a man filled with love, joy and compassion for his family, community and people as a whole.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service continues to investigate the homicide of <strong>Gherezghiher (Gary) Yemane, 63</strong> which occurred near Ozerna Road in northeast Edmonton on May 27, 2016. The EPS is offering a reward of up to $40,000 for information that leads to an arrest.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;We know there are still people out there who witnessed this cold-blooded killing,&rdquo; says Staff Sgt. Bill Clark, of the EPS Homicide Section. &ldquo;Sometimes, in the initial stages of violent crimes such as this one, witnesses may fear for their own safety, and we understand that.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;However, we are now two years removed from this random shooting death, so we&rsquo;re hopeful that the reward moneys will encourage someone to come forward with information. This family deserves some peace. The loss of their father and husband, who by all accounts, was a model citizen, has left them understandably traumatized.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Anyone who has key information about this May 2016 murder is urged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at</span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: purple;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><strong><span>Background:</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>The EPS responded to a report of shots fired near Ozerna Road, between 69 Street and 165 Avenue, at approximately 8:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016. Northeast Division officers responded and found <strong>Gary Yemane, 63, </strong>lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds. He was declared deceased at the scene.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Investigators have since identified the black Dodge Charger captured in the surveillance image seen here, as the suspect vehicle.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" width="350" height="174" src="~/media/E26D57ECB1024D3C962F54B277F88A21.ashx?h=174&amp;&amp;w=350" /></span></p> 25 May 2018 20:32:00 UT Police issue warrants for alleged suspect in fatal hit-and-run collision http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/WarrantsNov2017trafficfatality.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has issued several Canada-wide warrants for an alleged suspect wanted in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred in November 2017. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Jiduo Luo, 23,</span></strong><span> of Xiamen, China is wanted on Canada-wide warrants for <em>manslaughter, impaired driving causing death, impaired driving over 80 mgs% causing death, failure to stop at an accident causing death or bodily harm, impaired care or control of a vehicle, care or control of a vehicle over 80 mgs%, failure to appear for identification</em> and<em> failure to appear for court.</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Luo</span></strong><span> was reportedly attending multiple post-secondary institutions in Edmonton and witnesses reported <strong>Luo</strong> as the driver of a blue 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer that is alleged to be involved in the fatal collision.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police believe <strong>Luo</strong> left Canada shortly after the collision and may currently be residing in China.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Luo </span></strong><span>is described as 5&rsquo;6&rdquo; tall, weighing 130 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes. Photos of <strong>Luo</strong> are included below.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span><img alt="" style="width: 208px; height: 277px;" src="~/media/284F0B01C3B24EF29EFFCB6E5577699E.ashx?h=277&amp;w=208" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 114px; height: 277px;" src="~/media/15EB57550D2746CB978A39F964E5BD41.ashx?h=277&amp;w=114" /></span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Jiduo Luo, 23</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Height: 5&rsquo;6&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Weight: 130 lbs</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Eyes: Brown</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Hair: Black</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone who has information about <strong>Luo&rsquo;s</strong> whereabouts is encouraged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: blue;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Background</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 Northwest Division officers responded to a collision in the area of 111 Avenue and 96 Street. It was reported that a dark coloured vehicle struck a cyclist in the intersection and then fled the scene eastbound on 111 Avenue. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br /> EMS responded, treated and transported the 38-year-old male cyclist to hospital with life-threatening injuries.&nbsp; He succumbed to his injuries in hospital a short time later.</span></p> 25 May 2018 18:54:00 UT Statement from Chief Rod Knecht http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/ChiefscontractstatementMay2018.aspx Below is statement from Chief Rod Knecht regarding his contract: <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Over the past seven and a half years, I&rsquo;ve seen the Edmonton Police Service become, what I believe is, the best police service in North America. I&rsquo;ve worked with an outstanding group of professionals, both sworn and civilian, that strive every day to make Edmonton the safest major city in Canada. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>As you all know, my contract ends on October 31, 2018. I released an internal message Wednesday afternoon to the entire Service, as I believed it was their right to hear first, directly from me, as opposed to learning of it on social media or otherwise.&nbsp; Given that any extension to my contract ultimately rests with the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC), I further wanted to respect their role of advising the community of the commencement of a search for the next Chief of Police.&nbsp; That occurred late yesterday morning. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>As has been reported previously, the Commission and I have discussed the possibility of an extension to my contract.&nbsp; I provided them with correspondence outlining the rationale for the necessary timeframe required to further develop several initiatives that I would have liked to bring to a place of stability.&nbsp; These include:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Setting up a Cyber Crimes Strategy and increasing Cyber Crime investigative capacity for the Service;</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Working with levels of government, philanthropists and the private sector in realizing a Community Wellness Centre;</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Ensuring the successful launch of the Operations and Intelligence Command Centre (OICC) for the second quarter of 2019;</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Seeing through two major capital projects including the Northwest Division Campus and new Administrative Building, during the first and second quarter of 2019; and,</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Mentoring senior leaders to better prepare them to compete for the Chief of Police in mid-2019.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>I also committed to assisting the EPC with the selection process for a new Chief of Police, which they anticipated to be up to a one-year process.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>I calculated that to best advance these initiatives, and assist with the selection of a new Chief, it would take until the end of June 2019.&nbsp; This date was initially accepted by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the EPC, the week of March 26, 2018.&nbsp; Following a Commission meeting a few weeks later, they came back with a proposed contract extension to the end of March 2019.&nbsp; While my preference would have been to stay to progress these initiatives sufficiently, I didn&rsquo;t believe that a five-month extension was enough time to adequately address them.&nbsp; I also felt it wouldn&rsquo;t be in the best interests of the organization or the community to leave in the midst of such significant organizational change given that adjusted time frame.&nbsp; No other options were provided by the EPC, and as a result, I will be completing my existing contract, which concludes at the end of October, 2018.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Within the final five months of my contract, it is my intention to advance the Cyber Crime Strategy, continue work on the OICC, and continue to prepare the Service for Cannabis legalization. As well, I will work to prepare the organization for the transition to the next Chief of Police.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>I am extremely proud of the many achievements of the Edmonton Police Service throughout my time as Chief of Police and the positive community support that I have experienced.</span></p> 25 May 2018 18:33:00 UT Police investigating homicide in southwest Edmonton http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/SouthwesthomicideMay24.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the homicide of a male in southwest Edmonton. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 1 a.m. yesterday, Thursday, May 24, 2018, Southwest Division police responded to reports of gunshots fired in the area of 111 Street and 23 Avenue. A short time later, it was reported that a 25-year-old male arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds. The victim succumbed to his injuries in hospital at approximately 6 a.m. yesterday.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Homicide Section has deemed the manner of death to be homicide. Detectives continue to investigate. An autopsy has been scheduled for this morning, Friday, May 25, 2018, at 9 a.m. No further information is available at this time. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Investigators encourage anyone with information about this suspicious death 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 </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.</span><span> &nbsp;</span></p> 25 May 2018 14:04:09 UT Public information and warning: Violent offender released http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/ViolentoffenderADIE.aspx In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is issuing the following warning: Adam Donovan Adie is a convicted violent offender and sexual offender, and the EPS has reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another violent or sexually violent offence against someone while in the community. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>Adie has an extensive history of extreme physical violence, including sexual violence, against women known to him and those he would randomly encounter. Adie also has an extensive history of extreme physical violence, including serious assaults with weapons, against male victims known to him or those he would randomly encounter. Adie&rsquo;s propensity towards serious violence is heightened by the consumption of alcohol and drugs.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>Adie will be residing in the Edmonton area. The EPS is seeking a recognizance order on Adie, and he will be monitored by the EPS Behavioural Assessment Unit.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<img alt="" width="348" height="400" src="~/media/1C199CC6EFFD4574B86E059DE281B9FA.ashx" />&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Adam Donovan Adie, 47</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Height:</span></strong><span> 5&rsquo;10&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Weight:</span></strong><span> 209 lbs</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Eyes:</span></strong><span> Brown</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Hair:</span></strong><span> Black</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>Adie has been placed on a series of court-ordered conditions, including:</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must abide by a curfew of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must abstain from the possession or consumption of alcohol and drugs, including cannabis.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not possess any drug paraphernalia (i.e. pipes, e-cigarettes, bongs, cigarette papers, syringes).</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not be found in any licensed premises other than a dining room for the sole purpose of having a meal.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not leave the City of Edmonton without approval of his supervisor.</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not be in possession of any weapons, including knives (except for the purpose of having a meal).</span></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="text-align: justify; color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span>Must not enter into a dating, intimate, sexual relationship with any person or any friendships with females until her identity has been disclosed and she has been informed of his previous offending by his supervisor.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with any information about any potential breaches of these conditions by Adie can contact the EPS at 780-423-4567.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service is issuing this information and warning after careful deliberation of all related issues, including privacy concerns, in the belief that it is clearly in the public interest to inform the members of the community.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 0pt 0cm;"><strong><em><span>Members of the public are advised that the intent of this process is to enable citizens to take suitable precautionary measures. Releasing this information is NOT intended to encourage people to engage in any form of vigilante action</span></em></strong><strong><span>.</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 1.8pt 0pt 0cm;"><strong><span>&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>This information is released under the authority of the <em>FOIP Act</em>, RSA 2000, C. F-25.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><em>&nbsp;</em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><em>The information in this release is that which was verifiable prior to the release time indicated. Continued investigation and review could result in additional information or clarification.</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </p> 24 May 2018 21:00:00 UT Police warn citizens of spike in “gardening thefts” http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Gardeningthefts.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a series of thefts from homes and garages that have occurred citywide while homeowners are outside tending to their yards and gardens. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Since mid-April 2018, the EPS has received at least eight reports of suspects entering homes through unlocked doors while residents are outside doing yard work. In one northeast case, a senior woman was outside in her backyard garden when the suspect entered through the back door of her home, making off with her bus pass and $300 in cash. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It is not clear whether these thefts are being committed by the same suspect, but police note that it is common to see more of these types of opportunistic thefts with the arrival of warmer weather. Items stolen include cash, keys, wallets, purses, wedding rings, and personal information such as vehicle registration and credit cards.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police are also seeing incidents of thefts from garages due to overhead doors being left open for longer periods of time and walk-through doors being left unlocked overnight.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;It may be an inconvenience to lock your doors when you are just steps away from your house,&rdquo; says Det. Daniel van den Berg with Northeast Division. &ldquo;But unfortunately, these thieves are opportunists, and they are brazen. They know what to look for, and how to get in and out quickly.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Homeowners are advised to keep their home and garage doors closed and locked if they are not within an immediate line of sight, and to report suspicious activity to police.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone who has information about this crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> 24 May 2018 19:17:25 UT Detectives looking to speak with bicyclist who may help a homicide investigation; release photos of victim http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Zokervictimphotosandsearchforbicyclist.aspx Edmonton Police Service Homicide Detectives would like to speak with a male who was riding a bicycle in the immediate area of the Callingwood homicide on the night of the shooting. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives believe the man has information regarding the shooting and are asking him to contact police. The EPS is also asking the public for information that might help identify the man on the bike.&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The cyclist was seen westbound on a path, just north of 64 Avenue near the vicinity of the shooting. The male was riding a full-sized bike, wearing a light-coloured top and may have been carrying a satchel or bag. He may also have been wearing a headlamp.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives are also releasing photos of the victim in hopes of receiving any information in relation to the shooting and Zoker&rsquo;s death. On Wednesday May 16, 2018 at approximately 10:50 p.m., <strong>Ibrahim Zoker, 23</strong>, was shot and killed as he was walking on 64 Avenue near 172 Street. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;Zoker was known by a number of nicknames which include Thirty, Thirty Cent, Hundred, Prince, Romeo or Money and may not be recognized by his legal name,&rdquo; says Det. Rob Bilawey of Homicide Section. He was known to wear a distinctive gold coloured baseball hat wherever he went.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 589px; height: 437px; text-align: center;" src="~/media/BDE9F413AE204E598FE7DF6F7BBBDB4B.ashx?h=437&amp;w=589" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp; <img alt="" width="585" height="587" style="width: 585px; height: 587px;" src="~/media/2CA6335AF1614089BF4A20850556D047.ashx?h=587&amp;w=585" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Ibrahim Zoker, 23</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information about the bicyclist or homicide is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS has decided to release the name of the deceased as it serves an investigative purpose.</span></p> 23 May 2018 22:08:04 UT Missing man found deceased http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Missingmanfounddeceased.aspx The body of 50-year-old Dan William Levasseur, who was reported missing on April 25, 2018, has been located. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>His body was discovered in Red Deer on May 12, 2018.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police do not believe Levasseur&rsquo;s death is suspicious, but await test results from the Edmonton Medical Examiner to officially confirm the death as non-criminal. </span></p> 23 May 2018 21:46:58 UT Over 2,600 traffic violations issued during “Big Ticket Event” http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/op24hrsmay23.aspx Edmonton Police Service officers and City of Edmonton automated enforcement handed out 2,657 traffic violations last week during <i>Operation 24 Hours.</i> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>During the 24-hour enforcement period which took place on Thursday, May 17, 2018, 2175 speeding tickets were issued by EPS officers and automated enforcement. Other <em>Traffic Safety Act</em> violations, including distracted driving accounted for 482 of the total violations issued. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 7:30 p.m. (May 17, 2018), officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Manning Drive and 169 Avenue after witnessing a Chevy Tahoe travelling at an excessive speed. The driver, a 28-year-old female, was allegedly travelling 147 km/h in a 70 km/h posted speed limit zone. The female was issued a compulsory court summons.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton coordinate regular enforcement campaigns throughout the year (such as <em>Operation 24 Hours</em>) to improve traffic safety on Edmonton&rsquo;s roadways.</span> </p> 23 May 2018 20:50:00 UT