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 Nov 2018 17:48:26 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Teen male driver in critical condition following single-vehicle collision http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/singlevehiclecollisionyellowheadandvictrail The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred this morning on an on-ramp to the Yellowhead eastbound at Victoria Trail. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Northeast Division patrol members responded to a collision call near the on-ramp, at approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning, Monday, November 19, 2018. <br><br> Although the investigation is still in the preliminary stages, it was reported to police that a 2002 Dodge Caravan being driven by a 19-year-old male, lost control and struck a nearby light standard on the on-ramp to the Yellowhead eastbound at Victoria Trail.<br> <br> Paramedics treated and transported the male driver, the sole occupant of the vehicle, to hospital with life-threatening injuries.<br><br>Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the collision, though investigators believe speed may have been a cause. <br> <br> Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area near Yellowhead eastbound and Victoria Trail until further notice. <br> <br> Major Collision Investigation Section (MCIS) has since taken over the investigation, and is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the EPS.<br><span><span><br>Anyone with information about 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><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a><span>.</span></span></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><br></p> <br> 19 Nov 2018 17:43:07 UT Police asking public to help identify suspect in multiple thefts from liquor stores http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Police%20asking%20public%20to%20help%20identify%20suspect%20in%20multiple%20thefts%20from%20liquor%20stores The Edmonton Police Service is asking the public for assistance in identifying a suspect. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at approximately 11:30 a.m., a female reportedly entered a Liquor Depot in the area of 133 Street and 114 Avenue, walked through the aisles and placed two bottles of alcohol in her handbag.<span>&nbsp; </span>After she was approached by staff and asked for identification, she allegedly refused to provide it and left the store without making any attempt to pay, taking a third bottle of alcohol as she exited.</p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><br></p> <p> <span>Since August, the same female&nbsp;has reportedly committed at least 14 similar thefts at Liquor Depots across the city, the most recent theft taking place on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at a store in the area of 99 Street and 81 Avenue.&nbsp; While active citywide, she is known to frequent liquor stores in the city’s west end, including Liquor Depots in the Meadowlark and Westmount neighbourhoods.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The suspect, pictured below, is described as an Indigenous female in her 20s with bleach blonde hair. She is approximately 5’5” tall and weighs approximately 200 lbs. In each incident she was reportedly carrying an oversized handbag or tote.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><img width="199" height="496" alt="" src="-/media/4C1186DBAC2F44D18F341B18920D022A.ashx"></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity 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 <a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span style="color: rgb(56, 115, 166); text-decoration: underline;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> <span><br> </span></p> 16 Nov 2018 23:15:00 UT Police release sketch of male witnessed jumping from High Level Bridge; Investigators seek help identifying him http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/missingpersonnov13 The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s help to identify a male who was witnessed jumping from the High Level Bridge last month. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, an unknown male was observed climbing the barriers of the High Level Bridge at approximately 4 p.m.. Witnesses in the area reportedly saw the male jump from the bridge into the North Saskatchewan River. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police have searched the river and engaged EPS flight operations in hopes of locating and identifying the male with no success. Investigators are now releasing a sketch of the male, in an attempt to identify him. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The individual is described as a soft-spoken white male, believed to be in his early 20s, who stands about 5&rsquo;7&rdquo; with a slim build (approximately 140lbs). He has light brown hair of a medium length and does not have any facial hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" style="width: 500px; height: 648px;" src="-/media/C7C8B697015144FFB7C29A3BFD9E966B.ashx?h=648&amp;w=500" /></span></p> &nbsp; <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Missing Unknown Male<br /> <br /> </span></strong></p> &nbsp;<br /> 13 Nov 2018 22:13:00 UT Local woman charged in relation to $1.4 million fraud http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/womanchargedinfraudNov13 The Edmonton Police Service has charged an Edmonton woman with fraud and theft in relation to a payroll fraud worth $1.4 million. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Between 2007 and 2014, <strong>Maureen Burns, 68, </strong>is alleged to have falsified paycheques from ex- employees of an Edmonton transport company where she worked. Burns allegedly created false payroll deposits for more than 500 employees who were no longer with the company, changed their banking information, and had the falsified paycheques deposited into one of five bank accounts registered in her name. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Through these transactions, Burns fraudulently transferred $1,117,241 into her accounts, with an additional $322,332 paid to the Canadian government from the company in taxes and other payroll deductions as a result of the fraud.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The scheme was uncovered in 2014 when staffing reports revealed that an employee who was no longer employed by the company had received payment.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Following a lengthy investigation, Burns was arrested on Nov. 8, 2018 and charged with one count each of <em>fraud over $5,000</em> and <em>theft over $5,000</em>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Burns was employed with the company from 2002 to 2014 as a payroll administrator. </span></p> <br> 13 Nov 2018 20:58:27 UT Colombian family seeks public’s assistance in bringing killer of their “beloved Leonardo” to justice http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/duranibanezhomicide Elias Malkum and his brother-in-law, Leonardo Duran-Ibanez, 42, were returning home from a fun evening out together, at a nearby Latin club in north central Edmonton in November of 2016. <p><span style="color: #333333;">Leonardo had been staying with Elias and his sister, </span><strong><span style="color: black;">Milena Maria Duran</span></strong><span style="color: #333333;">, while visiting from the family&rsquo;s homeland in Colombia.<br /> <br /> The family, a close-knit group, was enjoying their experience living together in Canada, before everything changed in the early-morning hours of Nov. 13.<br /> <br /> Leonardo was beaten to death, and Elias assaulted, after being approached by a group of four males and two female suspects, while walking home from the Latin club. <br /> <br /> It is alleged that the suspects - not known to the complainants - attempted to start a fight with the two men, who ignored the suspects and continued to walk away.<br /> <br /> The suspects then reportedly assaulted the two men, repeatedly punching one of the men in the face, while pushing the other to the ground, before kicking the 42-year-old Leonardo in the head numerous times. <br /> <br /> Leonardo would succumb to his injuries later that Sunday afternoon. The Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the deceased, confirming that </span><strong><span>Duran</span></strong><span>-</span><strong><span style="color: #333333;">Ibanez </span></strong><span style="color: #333333;">died as a result of injuries consistent with severe head trauma.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are still in a state of shock,&rdquo; said Elias Malkum, standing on the street corner near 97 Street and 119 Avenue where he and his brother-in-law were savagely beaten back in November 2016. &ldquo;We never thought something like this could happen to our family in such a peaceful place like Canada. We miss Leonardo every day. My wife, and Leonardo&rsquo;s sister, is devastated.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Despite a $40,000 reward being offered by the Edmonton Police Commission for concrete evidence that will help Homicide investigators make an arrest, limited information has been received to date.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This brutal act of violence has traumatized this family,&rdquo; said EPS Det Rick Thomas, leading up the homicide investigation.<br /> &ldquo;The family came to Edmonton for a better way of life. Now they&rsquo;re left trying to piece their lives back together, with those responsible yet to be brought to justice. We&rsquo;re hoping today, two years later, someone with valuable information will finally step forward and help to ease this family&rsquo;s pain.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333333;">Anyone who has information about this homicide 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="text-decoration: underline;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.</span></p> <br /> 13 Nov 2018 18:53:13 UT Police arrest suspects related to string of purse thefts http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Police%20arrest%20suspects%20related%20to%20string%20of%20purse%20thefts The Edmonton Police Service has arrested two suspects allegedly connected to a series of reported purse thefts at grocery stores across the city. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>In a February news release, police advised citizens of a string of reported purse thefts taking place at grocery stores across the city. In each instance, the suspects reportedly waited until the shopper was distracted or away from their shopping cart or vehicle, and then removed their purse or wallet from the grocery cart or the passenger seat of an unlocked car. The thieves then often used the IDs and credit cards in the purses and wallets to make fraudulent purchases.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, detectives arrested and charged two male suspects after they reportedly stole a purse from a 75-year-old female while her vehicle was parked in a grocery store parking lot in the area of Calgary Trial and 48 Ave, and then used her credit card to make a fraudulent purchase a short time later. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Dennis Dalziel, 49,</span></strong><span> and <strong>James Paquette, 48, </strong>are<strong> </strong>now facing 49 theft and fraud related charges linked to incidents from May to October 2018. These charges include: <em>theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property, fraud </em>and<em> breach of recognizance</em>. <strong>Dalziel</strong> is also facing an additional 61 fraud and theft related charges linked to incidents from January to May of this year. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>“We are thrilled that we were able to apprehend these suspects and prevent further thefts and frauds to unsuspecting shoppers,” says Det. Michael Healey with 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>As the holiday season approaches, police continue to remind shoppers to remain aware of their surroundings and possessions and report any suspicious activity to police.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Citizens who are victims of theft or notice suspicious activity while shopping can contact the EPS by calling the complaint line </span><span>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"><u><font color="#000080">www.p3tips.com/250</font></u></a></span><span>.</span></p> <br> 09 Nov 2018 22:15:00 UT Police investigating fatal pedestrian collision http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Police%20investigating%20fatal%20pedestrian%20collision%20Nov%208 A 16-year-old female pedestrian has succumbed to injuries sustained after being struck by a vehicle yesterday afternoon. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 12:55 p.m. yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, Northwest Division Patrol officers responded to a pedestrian collision in the area of 118 Avenue and 78 Street. </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 pedestrian was crossing from the south side to the north side of 118 Avenue at 78 Street in a traffic light controlled crosswalk when she was struck by a 2013 Ford Fusion travelling westbound on 118 Avenue. It was reported that the traffic lights for east and westbound traffic on 118 Avenue were green.</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 16-year-old female to hospital with life-threatening injuries. She succumbed to her injuries in hospital yesterday evening. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The 22-year-old male driver of the Fusion was not injured.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS Major Collision Investigations Section (MCIS) continues to investigate and is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the EPS.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br> Alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in this collision.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information about 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><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><u><font color="#000080">www.p3tips.com/250</font></u></a><span>. </span></p> <br> 09 Nov 2018 18:55:00 UT TRAP team recovers close to $4M in stolen vehicles thus far in 2018 http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/trapupdate The EPS TRAP team continues to have a significant impact on auto theft throughout our city, recovering close to $4 million in stolen vehicles thus far in 2018. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">The Targeted Response to Auto Theft Prevention team, or TRAP, has to date arrested over 200 people, laid close to 900 charges and executed 337 warrants in their ongoing assault on auto theft. <br> <br> “Our team is resolute and determined to stay on the heels of criminals stealing vehicles,” said Staff Sgt. Sid Kingma, of the EPS Economic Crimes Unit. “We’re confident we’re having an impact out there, though vehicle theft remains one of the top property crimes in our city each and every day.”<br> <br> Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31, 2018, TRAP members recovered 191 vehicles, 67 of which were Ford vehicles, especially Ford trucks. Various Honda models, especially early-model Civics, continue to trend high, as the second-most stolen vehicle in Edmonton (28). <br> <br> “We urge all citizens to lock up their vehicles, park them in a garage when possible and secure their keys in an effort to reduce auto crime,” said Staff Sgt. Kingma. “Leaving your vehicle running and/or your garage door remote inside the vehicle significantly increases the risk of having it stolen.”<br> <br> TRAP has also recovered various other stolen property totalling close to $56,000, including Bobcats and utility trailers, as well as 38 weapons (15 firearms) and 28 stolen licence plates. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><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; </span></p> <span>The TRAP team is a specialized EPS unit specifically targeting prolific auto thieves, many of whom use stolen vehicles in other crimes, such as break-and-enters, robberies and home invasions. TRAP launched in March 2017, and between March and December 2017, the team recovered 221 stolen vehicles, made 187 arrests and laid 931 charges.</span><br> 08 Nov 2018 21:27:55 UT Autopsy results confirm death of 56-year-old male is homicide http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Autopsy%20results%20confirm%20death%20of%2056-year-old%20male%20is%20homicide An autopsy conducted by the Edmonton Medical Examiner on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, has confirmed that Christopher Michael Antoniuk, 56, died as a result of stab wounds. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Homicide Section has deemed the manner of death to be homicide.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>This is Edmonton&rsquo;s 25<sup>th</sup> homicide of 2018.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives continue to investigate and encourage anyone with information about <strong>Antoniuk&rsquo;s</strong> 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 style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span>. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Background</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">At approximately 6:40 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Northeast Division officers responded to the report of an assault in the area of 108 Avenue and 31 Street.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive 56-year-old male.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">EMS responded, treated and transported the male to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</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> <br /> 06 Nov 2018 18:30:00 UT Police investigating fatal hit-and-run collision http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Police%20investigating%20fatal%20hit-and-run%20collision The EPS Traffic Section is investigating a hit-and-run collision that claimed the life of an 88-year-old man. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 5:45 p.m. yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, Downtown Division Patrol officers responded to a pedestrian collision in the area of 106 A Avenue and 97 Street. </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 an elderly male pedestrian was crossing from the east side to the west side of 97 Street at 106 A Avenue in an unmarked crosswalk&nbsp;when he was struck by a white 2013 Nissan NV2500 van travelling southbound on 97 Street. Witnesses reported that the van did not stop at the scene of the collision and continued travelling southbound on 97 Street. </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 88-year-old male to hospital where he was pronounced deceased.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Following a search of the area, officers located the damaged, unoccupied van in the area of 97 Street and 106 Avenue.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS Major Collision Investigations Section&nbsp;continues to investigate and is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the EPS.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>“Traffic travelling northbound on 97 Street stopped for the pedestrian,” says Sgt. James McLeod with the EPS Major Collision Investigations Section. “We would like to speak to the drivers who stopped and encourage them to contact us as soon as possible.” </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone with information about 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><a href="http://www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm"><span></span><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a><span>. </span></p> <br> 05 Nov 2018 19:45:00 UT