Media Releases http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/news/mediareleases.aspx 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 23 Feb 2019 00:55:40 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2018, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Police seek public's assistance locating missing man http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/MissingPersonFeb22 The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s help locating a missing 19-year-old male. <span lang="EN-CA"></span> <p><strong>Michael Thomas Chase </strong>is a white male, 5&rsquo;11" and weighs 140 lbs. He has blue eyes and brown hair a couple inches below his ears. He was last seen wearing a dark-coloured toque, black cargo pants made of a heavier "snow pant" like material and black lace up winter boots. However, he was in possession of numerous jackets that he might be wearing: a "tunic style" jacket with a hood composed of black faux sheep skin material with toggle fasteners and a grey wool interior around the cuffs; a chocolate brown jacket, winter/ski style with a light blue hexagonal pattern; and a solid winter black winter jacket. </p> <strong></strong> <p><strong>Chase</strong> was last seen on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 and hasn&rsquo;t been heard from since. He was reported missing by his family on Feb. 17, 2019. </p> <p>He was possibly sighted in Jasper on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 and is believed to be possibly making his way to Vancouver. </p> <p>Chase&rsquo;s disappearance is out of the ordinary and he is in need of medications. Investigators don&rsquo;t believe there is any foul play but are concerned for his wellbeing.</p> <p><img alt="" width="500" height="400" src="-/media/866B129DFADD41FE9681D231B324AC0A.ashx" /></p> 22 Feb 2019 20:22:04 UT Police release composite sketch of suspect wanted in 2013 McDonalds assault; detectives seek tips on male's identity http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Cheryl%20Sheppard%20Media%20Release The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male wanted for a vicious assault in a McDonald’s drive-thru a few years ago. <span lang="EN-CA"><p>On Jan. 1, 2013 at approximately 2:40 a.m. a grey Pontiac Grand Am occupied by three males had been waiting in a McDonalds drive-thru located at 15333 Castledowns Road, when an unknown male suspect approached the vehicle brandishing a knife. The three occupants exited the vehicle at which time an altercation ensued. The suspect then reportedly fled the scene on foot.</p> <p>Two of three vehicle occupants sustained serious injuries as a result of this incident – one of whose injuries are described as life-altering.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p> <img style="width: 400px; height: 569px;" src="-/media/64FDF74A0F84495AB6D0EBD92EB78012.ashx?h=569&amp;la=en&amp;w=400" _languageinserted="true"></p> <p align="CENTER"><strong>Assist to identify male wanted in 2013 assault</strong></p><strong> </strong></span><span lang="EN"><p>At the time of the incident, the suspect was described as a Caucasian male with tanned skin, believed to be between the ages of 23 and 27 years old. He is believed to stand approximately 6’0" tall and weigh180lbs, with a fit physique. He was described as having brown eyes and brown hair, which was cut and styled as a "faux hawk."</p> <p>"New information has led us in a different direction with respect to this investigation," says Det. Paul Kelly with Northwest Division’s Criminal Investigation Section. "If you know the identity of the male suspect, we would like to hear from you."</p> </span> 21 Feb 2019 23:33:55 UT Assist to locate: Police searching for human trafficking suspect http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/humantrafficking The Edmonton Police Service has issued warrants for the arrest of a 26-year-old male in connection to a human trafficking investigation. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Southeast Division investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating <strong>26-year-old Kevin Myrthil, </strong>who recently moved from<strong> Montreal</strong> to <strong>Toronto</strong>. Investigators responded to a 911 call regarding an assault at a hotel on Gateway Boulevard near 40 Avenue, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at approximately 11:45 a.m.<br> <br> Upon arrival, officers learned that Myrthil had allegedly recruited a 19-year-old female complainant from Ontario to work in the sex trade industry in Edmonton. It is alleged that the male arranged for</span><span> clients to have paid sexual services with the woman along the way while travelling to Edmonton.<br> <br> </span><span>It was also reported to police that Myrthil physically forced the complainant to take drugs against her will, assaulted the young woman, and held her captive in the Edmonton hotel room. Myrthil used the complainant’s debit card at multiple locations without authorization, spending upwards of $2,200.<br> <br> Myrthil fled the hotel prior to the arrival of police, and is believed to be on his way to B.C. with another female sex trade worker. They are reportedly travelling in a 2017 black Grand Cherokee with a Quebec licence plate. <br> <br> He is described as being a black male, 5’8”, 180 lbs, muscular, shaven hair on the side of his head with dreadlocks on the top. He has several tattoos including a new one titled “Moneyy” on the left eyebrow. He also has stars tattooed under his right eye and a Haiti flag tattooed on his back.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators have since issued warrants for Myrthil’s arrest including:</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Trafficking in persons</span></strong></p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Administer to take a drug to overcome resistance</span></strong></p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Assault</span></strong></p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Unlawful confinement</span></strong></p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Intimidation</span></strong></p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><strong><span>Theft Under $5,000<br> </span></strong></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Further charges may be pending. <br> </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><br> Anyone with information about Myrthil’s whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong><span> </span></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 style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">.</span></p> <p><img width="350" height="523" alt="" src="-/media/A61F755FB5404D59998C6E2B40F0037E.ashx?h=523&amp;w=350&amp;hash=4D327B0ADE1F0ABF369EE1ED99C7A6A56CE5C1A2&amp;hash=4D327B0ADE1F0ABF369EE1ED99C7A6A56CE5C1A2"></p> <p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">EPS has issued warrants seeking the public’s assistance to locate <br> Kevin Myrthil, 26, in connection to a human trafficking investigation</span></strong></p> <br> 21 Feb 2019 20:25:25 UT Police investigate early-morning fatal collision on the Henday http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/fatalcollisionhenday The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a single vehicle fatal collision that occurred on the Anthony Henday in northeast Edmonton earlier this morning. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Northeast Division patrol officers responded to the collision scene in the eastbound lanes of the Anthony Henday just west of Manning Drive, at approximately 2 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Upon arrival, members found a Toyota vehicle with a single occupant outside of the vehicle. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS Major Collision investigators have since taken over the scene. Although the investigation remains preliminary at this time, investigators believe drug impairment and vehicle maintenance were contributing factors in the collision. <br /> <br /> Investigators are not releasing the gender and age of the victim, at this time, until next of kin have been notified. <br /> <br /> The eastbound lanes of the Henday at Manning Drive have since been reopened to oncoming traffic. <br /> <br /> </span></p> <span>Anyone with information about this fatal 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.p3tips.com/250"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span>. <br /> <br /> </span><br /> 21 Feb 2019 18:42:20 UT Police seek public’s assistance locating missing girl http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/mplaleye The Edmonton Police Service is asking for the public’s help locating a missing 15-year-old girl. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Niqi Laleye, </span></strong><span>is described as a 15-year-old female who stands approximately 5’3” and weighs 120 lbs. She has brown eyes and dark brown hair. Investigators do not have a clothing description at this time.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br> <strong><span>Laleye</span></strong> was last heard from on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 and was reported missing on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 by her family.</span></p> <br><strong> Laleye</strong> has been known to frequent the Clareview area, including the Community Recreation Centre, Library and LRT Station.&nbsp; She is also known to frequent the Edmonton City Centre Mall, the Strathcona Public Library and Westmount area.&nbsp;<br> <br> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Given <strong>Laleye’s</strong> age and medical history, there are concerns for her well-being. There are, however, no indications of foul play at this time.&nbsp; <br> <br> Anyone who has information about <strong>Laleye’s </strong>whereabouts 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 style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a>.<br></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><br></p> <p><span><img style="width: 350px; height: 548px;" alt="" src="-/media/FE2DBE1F9E094CB5AE9A209778927A28.ashx?h=548&amp;w=350&amp;hash=7A7240C69BA5C528CE5E390E948E273EC85CB1D4&amp;hash=7A7240C69BA5C528CE5E390E948E273EC85CB1D4"></span></p> <p><span><strong>Missing: Niqi Laleye, 15</strong><br> <br> </span></p> <br> 21 Feb 2019 00:29:26 UT Police investigate serious collision on Whitemud Drive http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/seriouscollisionWhitemudFeb16 The EPS Major Collision Investigations Section is investigating a serious two-vehicle collision on Whitemud Drive this morning. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, Southwest Division officers responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision in the area of Whitemud Drive westbound and Fox Drive.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><br> It was reported to police that a blue Lexus RX350 travelling westbound on Whitemud Drive near the Fox Drive exit lost control, striking the centre barrier between the west and eastbound lanes of the freeway. The female driver of the Lexus reportedly exited her vehicle and was speaking with another motorist who had stopped to assist her when a black Dodge Nitro, travelling westbound on Whitemud Drive, slid into her and came to a stop in the far right lane of the freeway.</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 31-year–old female of the Lexus to hospital with serious injuries where she remains. The 48-year-old male driver of the Nitro was also treated and transported to hospital with minor injuries.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police believe speed and vehicle maintenance may have been factors in this collision. Impairment is not considered a factor. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Officers continue to investigate. Charges are pending.</span></p> <br> 17 Feb 2019 01:45:00 UT Update: Assault suspect now in custody http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/assistlocateshootingFeb16 UPDATE: Please note, the suspect in this investigation, Johnathan Gabriel Graham, 26, turned himself into police today, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance locating a male suspect believed to be connected to a shooting that took place earlier today. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, Downtown Division officers responded to the report of an assault with a weapon at a multi-unit residence in the area of 101 Avenue and 95 Street. Upon arrival officers located a female suffering from a gunshot wound.</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 22-year-old female to hospital with life-threatening injuries where she remains.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators have identified <strong>Johnathan</strong> <strong>Gabriel Graham, 26,</strong> also known as "Gabe", as the alleged suspect in the shooting and warrants are pending for his arrest. <strong>Graham </strong>is believed to be armed and dangerous and detectives are releasing his photo in an attempt to locate him.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Graham </span></strong><span>is described as 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 160 lbs. He has blonde hair and green eyes.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span><span><strong><span><br>Officers believe that <strong>Graham </strong>and the female are known to one another.</span></strong></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><strong><br></strong></span></p> <br></p> 17 Feb 2019 01:25:00 UT Assist to locate: Police searching for carjacking suspect http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/everettewhite The Edmonton Police Service has issued numerous firearm and robbery-related warrants for a 23-year-old male in connection to an early-morning carjacking incident last weekend. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Southwest Division patrol members responded to a 911 trouble unknown call on the Anthony Henday near the Camera Heights exit, at approximately 6:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.<br> <br> Upon arrival, officers learned that a 55-year-old female complainant had allegedly been dragged from her vehicle by a male suspect, after she had stopped to offer assistance to the male and his female passenger, whose SUV had driven off the road and into a nearby ditch.<br> <br> It was reported to police that the male and female suspects then drove off in the woman’s 2011 grey GMC Yukon, which was last seen travelling westbound on the Henday. <br> <br> Police continue to search for the male suspect, who has since been identified as <strong>23-year-old</strong> <strong>Everett White, of Edmonton </strong>(see photo below)<strong>. </strong>Investigators are also looking for the woman’s grey-colour GMC Yukon, which carried an <strong>Alberta licence plate #J18143</strong>, at the time of the carjacking. <br> </span><span><br> <strong>White </strong>is considered to be armed and dangerous. </span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked not to approach the suspect, but rather to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567<strong><span> </span></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 style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img width="350" height="434" alt="" src="-/media/27FD18CC96004C988B7A4DF96301BE8E.ashx?h=434&amp;w=350&amp;hash=304E76DEC67A6B13B7CED857981FC215D1ADEF37"></p> <p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Assist to Locate: EPS is seeking the public’s help to locate <br> Everett White, 23, who is considered armed and dangerous</span></strong></p> <br> 14 Feb 2019 18:47:35 UT Public information and warning: Sexual and violent offender released http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/Fashdutytowarn In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing the following warning; Dana Michael Fash is a convicted violent and sexually violent offender and the Edmonton Police Service has reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another violent offence against someone while in the community. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;">Fash is believed to be of significant risk to the community and as such the Edmonton Police Service has a duty to warn the public.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;">Fash was recently released from the Edmonton Remand Centre and is residing in the Edmonton area. </p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: 0cm;"><br></p> <p>Fash has a history of breaking and entering residences or other public buildings and sexually assaulting known or unknown adult females within. <br> <br>Fash’s risk for violence and sexual violence increases with the consumption of drugs and alcohol.<br></p> <p>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. Fash currently has shoulder length hair and a full beard. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><img style="width: 480px; height: 600px;" alt="" src="-/media/30F7C27D1E8C432D82F49A34D046E8F6.ashx?h=600&amp;w=480"></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Dana Michael Fash, 40</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"> <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Height: 6’1”<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Weight: 458 lbs</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"> <strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US">Eyes: Brown<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Hair: Brown&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>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</em></strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">This information is released under the authority of the <em>FOIP Act</em>, RSA 2000, C. F-25.<br> <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></p> <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;"> </span> 14 Feb 2019 04:26:50 UT Investigators release images of suspect vehicle in Nelson murder http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/nelsonmurderupdate Homicide investigators are releasing surveillance images of a suspect vehicle in connection to the Jan. 18th murder of Barbara Nelson. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Police believe the suspects responsible for a home invasion and subsequent death of Nelson fled the murder scene in a white Jeep Compass (year unknown). The vehicle seen in images below is detailed with black roof rails, side mirrors and front-door handles. <br> <br> The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing the area westbound on 120 Avenue from 61 Street in the northeast Edmonton neighbourhood of Montrose, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;"><br> <strong>Nelson</strong>, <strong>59</strong>, died in hospital later that evening, as a result of blunt force trauma incurred from an altercation during the home invasion. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>&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;"><span style="color: black;">Anyone with information about the whereabouts of this suspect vehicle and/or the suspects involved in this homicide are asked </span><span>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="text-decoration: underline;">www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm</span></a></span><span>.<br> <br> Every file is evaluated on a case by case basis. The EPS decided to release the name of the deceased in this investigation for the following reasons: it serves an investigative purpose.<br> <br> <span style="color: black;"> </span><strong>Background</strong><br> Northeast patrol members responded to a residential address near 119 Avenue and 61 Street at approximately 8:50 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, after receiving a 911 call regarding trouble unknown. <br></span></p><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><br></p> <p> <span>Upon arrival, officers entered the home and discovered two complainants, a male and a female with undetermined injuries. The suspects fled the residence prior to the arrival of police. <br> <br> </span><img width="374" height="271" alt="" src="-/media/C9C2E3CDB28F434C92CBE66ECC031CB2.ashx?h=271&amp;w=374&amp;hash=0C5AFFA703744DD3B68E5464D8F57C8D5BE7C274&amp;hash=0C5AFFA703744DD3B68E5464D8F57C8D5BE7C274">&nbsp; <img width="375" height="218" alt="" src="-/media/A0882C9476E3423ABA7B87B056FE548F.ashx?h=218&amp;w=375&amp;hash=73A2AA17BAFFB7504D099DB9100BF77B27EC7C6F&amp;hash=73A2AA17BAFFB7504D099DB9100BF77B27EC7C6F"></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><strong><span>Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating this white Jeep Compass, believed to be the suspect vehicle involved in the Jan. 18<sup>th</sup> murder of </span></strong><strong><span style="color: black;">Barbara Nelson. </span></strong></p> <br> 12 Feb 2019 00:03:37 UT