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 19 Aug 2018 17:41:03 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. ASIRT investigating officer-involved shooting http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/officerinvolvedshootingAug18.aspx At approximately 9:47 p.m. yesterday evening, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2017, the Edmonton Police Service responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision in the area of 66 Street and 123 Avenue. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;">Based on the information provided to police, it was determined that one of the two vehicles involved in the collision had been reported stolen.</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;">Upon arrival, officers approached the reportedly stolen vehicle. An incident occurred between the male driver and the officers. One of the officers subsequently discharged their service weapon.&nbsp; </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;">The male driver was struck and killed. The male passenger was not injured and was taken into custody. </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;">The driver and passenger of the other vehicle were not injured. No EPS officers were harmed during this incident.</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;">The EPS will not be providing further comment as the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) has since taken the lead in this investigation.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: #333333;"></span></p> 19 Aug 2018 08:15:00 UT Police request public’s assistance in locating missing 17-year-old girl http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/missingyouthmariamKABBOURIMaug17.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old <b>Meryem Kabbourim</b>. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Kabbourim was last seen leaving a residence in the area of 127 Avenue and 87 Street and on Monday, August 13, 2018 at approximately 5 p.m.. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Kabbourim stands 5&rsquo;5&rdquo; and weighs approximately 205lbs. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hijab and a light-colored cardigan (possibly grey or baby blue). Her shirt and pants are dark grey in colour with a black crisscross pattern (see photo below).<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: left;"><span>Kabbourim&rsquo;s disappearance is considered to be out of character and police are concerned about her welfare. Investigators are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 immediately.<br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><br /> <img alt="" style="width: 170px; height: 466px;" src="~/media/F953EB1576CC47CDBB0F634E10F52349.ashx?h=466&amp;w=170" />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" style="width: 350px; height: 411px;" src="~/media/F5D9BA2C99BB4D38833A08AECF9FD959.ashx?h=411&amp;w=350" /><br /> <strong>Missing Youth: Meryem Kabbourim, 17</strong></span></p> 18 Aug 2018 02:42:00 UT Police seek public’s assistance locating assault suspect http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/assisttolocateAtienza.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance locating a 26-year-old man who was reportedly involved in an assault earlier this week. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, Southeast Division officers responded to a weapons complaint in the area of 36 Avenue and Millwoods Road. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It was reported to police that a female had been shot by an unknown male while walking in the area.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Upon arrival, officers located a female with non-life threatening injuries believed to be consistent with being shot by a pellet gun. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The female was treated on scene and transported to hospital by EMS. She has since been released. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators have identified <strong>Daniel Atienza, 26</strong>, as the alleged suspect in the assault and have issued two warrants&nbsp;for his arrest, including <em>assault with a weapon causing bodily harm </em>and <em>possession of an imitation weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public. </em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Atienza</span></strong><span> is described as 5&rsquo;10&rdquo; tall with a thin build. Photos of <strong>Atienza</strong> are included below.</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: 211px; height: 181px;" src="~/media/A0CCD9166B884FE5AAC033550745B38F.ashx?h=181&amp;w=211" />&nbsp;</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: 211px; height: 175px;" src="~/media/235B6750242A448C96A5B2A3550FC9E7.ashx?h=175&amp;w=211" />&nbsp;</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: 211px; height: 207px;" src="~/media/942CAABEAE6B4FBF8E4BA05C87CA7D40.ashx?h=207&amp;w=211" /></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information about the whereabouts of <strong>Daniel Atienza</strong> 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 <a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a>.</span></p> 17 Aug 2018 22:30:00 UT Police investigate shooting in northeast Edmonton http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/neshootingAug17.aspx The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a shooting that occurred in northeast Edmonton early this morning. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 4:00 a.m. today, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, Northeast Division officers responded to a report of a gunshot in the area of 113 Avenue and 68 Street.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Upon arrival, officers located an injured 28-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>It was reported to police that a party was taking place at a residence in the area when a disagreement broke out and a shot was allegedly fired.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EMS responded, treated and transported the male to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where he remains.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police continue to investigate and are searching for two male suspects who were reportedly at the party. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives do not believe this was a random event and there is no concern for public safety at this time.<br /> <br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span></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> 17 Aug 2018 16:55:00 UT Police investigating after weapons complaint results in criminal flight http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/weaponscomplaintcrimflightaug17.aspx Police have charged two individuals in relation to a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon and are seeking information regarding a black truck that allegedly fled the scene following the incident. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 5:22 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, police responded to a weapons complaint in the area of Hermitage Road and Hooke Road. It was reported that shots were fired from a white Kia Soul toward a black truck in the area.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Upon leaving the scene of the alleged shooting, the Kia Soul struck a number of vehicles in an attempt to flee police. To ensure public safety, police pursued the Kia Soul and made deliberate contact with the vehicle in the area of 101 Avenue and 75 Street. The three individuals occupying the Kia Soul, two males and a female, were taken into custody at that time.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The driver of the Kia sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and transported to hospital by EMS. No innocent bystanders or police officers were injured as a result of this incident.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Jonathan Isaac Arsenault, 18,</span></strong><span> is charged with <em>criminal flight, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon, use of imitation firearm after committing an offence, </em>as well as a number of breaches<em>. </em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Peter George Walker, 33,</span></strong><span> is charged with <em>possession of an offensive weapon, use of imitation firearm after committing an offence, discharge of weapon with intent to injure </em>and<em> breach of recognizance. </em></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The third occupant of the vehicle, a 42-year-old female, was taken into custody but no charges have been laid against her at this time.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators continue to seek any information about the black truck which fled the Hermitage and Hooke Road area following the shooting. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information about the black truck 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 </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span>www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>. </span></p> 17 Aug 2018 14:25:58 UT Police investigate serious collision http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/seriouscollision118Ave123Street.aspx Police are investigating a collision which occurred early this morning and resulted in significant injuries to a male driver. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 12:45 a.m. this morning, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, police witnessed a silver Chevrolet Cobalt travelling eastbound along 118 Avenue at 123 Street at a high rate of speed. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators believe the driver attempted to merge onto Kingsway Drive from 118 Avenue when the Cobalt rotated over the south sidewalk into an unattended and parked green Ford F150.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The lone passenger of the Cobalt suffered minor injuries, while the driver of the vehicle sustained life-threatening injuries. Both men were treated and transported to hospital by EMS. <br /> <br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The EPS Major Collision Investigation Section has since taken over the investigation. Police believe speed was a factor in this collision and are working to determine whether impairment was a factor as well. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>No charges have been laid at this time. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Anyone who witnessed this collision 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 </span><span><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: black;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span style="color: black;">.</span></p> 16 Aug 2018 20:13:00 UT Missing 10-year-old girl found safe http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/missinggirlfoundaug15.aspx The 10-year-old girl who was reported missing this morning (Wednesday, August 15, 2018) has been located. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Jathiya Okyere </span></strong><span>was located safe and sound this afternoon by family members.</span></p> 15 Aug 2018 19:21:31 UT EPS charges pharmacy employee in $2 million pill thefts http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/pharmacytheftsaug14.aspx An Edmonton woman faces 11 charges in relation to the theft of more than 400,000 Percocet tablets from the pharmacy where she worked. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Between January 2017 and April 2018, a 34-year-old female<strong> </strong>is alleged to have stolen 401,500 Percocet tablets from a northeast Edmonton pharmacy where she worked. The tablets have a street value of approximately $2 million.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In addition to the theft of the Percocet, several other types of medication were also discovered to be missing from the pharmacy. It is alleged the accused was using the identities of existing pharmacy patients to order medications that she subsequently removed from the pharmacy.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>During a search warrant that was executed at the residence of the accused on April 26, 2018, police recovered a loaded and stolen firearm. Two children were present in the home.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The accused was arrested on July 26, 2018, and has been charged with 11 offences in relation to this investigation: </span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>theft over $5,000</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>possession of stolen property over $5,000</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>possession for purposes of trafficking</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>fraud over $5,000</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>false pretence over $5,000</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>identity fraud with intent to obtain property</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>unsafe storage of a firearm</span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>possession of a restricted firearm </span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>possession of a loaded firearm </span></em></p> </li> <li style="color: #000000;"> <p style="color: #000000; margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em><span>causing a child to be in need of intervention </span></em><span>(x2) </span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The Edmonton Police Service is not providing the name of the accused in order to protect the identity of the children.</span></p> 14 Aug 2018 17:30:00 UT Martial arts instructor charged with sexual assault http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/sexassaultmartialarts.aspx The Edmonton Police Service has charged <b> Kevin Ford, 47,</b> in connection with sexual assaults that reportedly occurred at an Edmonton martial arts school between 2015 and 2017. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In 2018, two females, aged 19 and 25, came forward to report they were sexually assaulted by <strong>Ford</strong>, an instructor at the ATA Martial Arts School in Edmonton&rsquo;s west end. During several classes and individual training sessions, the females reported experiencing sexually motivated touching from <strong>Ford </strong>that was not consistent with martial arts training. In addition to teaching at the school, ATA Martial Arts has been owned and operated by <strong>Ford</strong> since 2003.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;The complainants reported that, due to&nbsp;Ford's position of authority at the school, they felt pressured into situations that they were not comfortable with,&rdquo; says&nbsp;Acting Staff Sgt.&nbsp;Richard Windover with the EPS West Division Criminal Investigations Section. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&ldquo;We believe that others may have information that would assist the investigation and encourage them to contact us.&rdquo; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, <strong>Kevin Ford, 47,</strong> was arrested and charged with <em>sexual exploitation </em>and <em>sexual assault(x2).</em>&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In the interest of public safety, police</span><span> are releasing a photo of Ford and are encouraging </span><span>any additional complainants or witnesses to come forward.</span><span> The Edmonton Police Service can be contacted 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 </span><span>at </span><span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span><img alt="" width="480" height="600" style="width: 480px; height: 600px;" src="~/media/42CB4C49F14D45878BB53B94ECEF4F98.ashx?h=600&amp;w=480" />&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Kevin Ford, 47</span></strong></p> 10 Aug 2018 21:10:00 UT Man charged in criminal flight, seriously injuring pedestrian http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/criminalflightjuly30.aspx EPS Downtown Division officers have charged a man after he allegedly led officers on a criminal flight and which resulted in a pedestrian being seriously injured. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Monday, July 30, 2018 at approximately 12:30 a.m. officers observed a Buick Rendezvous in the area of 101 Street and 108 Avenue with a stolen license plate. The Buick came to a stop and the driver exited the vehicle before officers approached in their marked police car with its emergency lights on. As officers attempted to speak with the driver, the man jumped back into the Buick and sped away, initiating a criminal flight from police. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Officers followed the vehicle, which proceeded through a red light west bound on 107 Avenue at 101 Street. As the suspect vehicle continued westbound on 107 Avenue it left the roadway striking a lamp post, sheering off its base, and subsequently striking a pedestrian on the road. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Patrol officers immediately attempted deliberate vehicle contact to terminate the criminal flight of the suspect, which was successfully done at 103 Street. The male suspect fled the scene on foot but was apprehended a short distance away after a foot pursuit by officers. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The pedestrian, a 25-year-old woman, who was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to hospital, sustained multiple serious injuries. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Officers arrested and charged <strong>Tyler James Bjornstad, 31</strong>, with: <em>flight from peace officer (motor vehicle) &ndash; causing bodily harm; dangerous driving &ndash; bodily harm; fail to stop at accident &ndash; bodily harm; disqualified driving; possession of stolen property under $5,000; breach of recognizance (x2).</em> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Downtown Criminal Investigation Section continues to investigate the incident.&nbsp; </span><span style="color: #333333;">ASIRT is investigating the circumstances surrounding the conduct of police during the criminal flight response. The EPS will not be providing further information or comment regarding the circumstances surrounding the incident given the ongoing ASIRT investigation. </span></p> 10 Aug 2018 20:13:46 UT