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Charges laid in downtown deaths

For Immediate Release: 20-May-2022 @ 5:18 PM
MRU #: H22R015-1

The Edmonton Police Service’s Homicide Section has charged a male in relation to the deaths of two males that occurred in downtown Edmonton this week.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Downtown officers responded to the report of an aggravated assault in the area of 106 Avenue and 98 Street. When police arrived, witnesses identified the 36-year-old male suspect involved, and he was subsequently taken into custody. Officers located an injured 64-year-old-male on scene and EMS responded, treated, and transported him to hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries. On Thursday, May 19, 2022, the male succumbed to his injuries.

Further investigations alerted police to a second scene at 105 Avenue and 98 Street. When officers attended the second scene, another injured male was located. EMS examined the 61-year-old male and pronounced him deceased on scene. 

Today, Friday, May 20, 2022, an autopsy completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Ban Phuc Hoang, 61, died of blunt force injuries to the head and neck. The manner of death is homicide. 

Justin Bone, 36, has since been charged with second-degree murder and robbery in relation to Hoang’s death. Bone is also charged with a second count of second-degree murder in relation to the death of the 64-year-old male. 

An autopsy on the 64-year-old male has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

Bone was not known to either of the deceased males. Police are not looking for any additional suspects. 

 

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