Media Releases https://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 24 Mar 2019 19:47:13 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2019, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Police investigate suspicious death; detectives seek tips from public https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/suspiciousdeathmar23 The EPS Homicide Section is investigating a suspicious death in Lakewood Village. <p>At approximately 8:25 p.m. yesterday evening, Friday, March 22, 2019, police were called to the Lakewood Village area on the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located a 35-year-old male in medical distress inside a residence. The male was treated and transported to hospital by EMS, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.</p> <p> </p> <p>An autopsy has been scheduled for the morning of Monday, March 25, 2019.</p> <p> </p> <p>Investigators do not have any suspects in custody at this time. The investigation continues.</p> 23 Mar 2019 18:56:00 UT Police charge 31-year-old male in connection to carjacking series https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/carjackingseriesarrest The Edmonton Police Service has arrested and charged a 31-year-old male in connection to a series of violent carjackings that occurred in southeast Edmonton over the last two months. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 12pt;"><span style="color: black;">Between February and March 2019, several violent carjacking robberies and assaults occurred in Southeast Division involving two male suspects.&nbsp;Investigators have since identified one of the suspects as being <strong>Mauricio Ladino, 31, of Edmonton.<br /> </strong><br /> A search warrant was executed at a southwest Edmonton residence near 4<sup>th</sup> Avenue SW and 75 Street yesterday, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, where <strong>Ladino</strong> was arrested and taken into custody. <br /> <br /> Investigators&rsquo; search of that residence uncovered a firearm, ammunition and further evidence in connection to the most recent incident, a March 18<sup>th</sup> carjacking near 5<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Avenue and 77 Street. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Ladino</span></strong><span style="color: black;"> is facing 12 charges including <em>robbery</em> (x4), <em>numerous firearms offences</em>, <em>theft under $5,000</em>, <em>assault</em> and <em>possession of stolen property</em>. A second male suspect is still being sought by police in connection to the carjacking series. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;"><br /> Police continue to look for two of the complainants&rsquo; vehicles, a </span><strong><span>red 2019 Kia Sportage, AB license # M58038, </span></strong><span>and a <strong>silver 2005 Chevy Cobalt, AB license # BVP 6483.<br /> </strong><span style="color: black;"><br /> Anyone with information leading police to the whereabouts of these stolen vehicles, or the second suspect involved in these violent carjackings, is urged to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to <strong>Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at </strong></span><span style="color: black;"><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span style="color: black; text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span style="color: black;"><strong>.<br /> <br /> </strong></span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 12pt;"><strong><span style="color: black;">Background:<br /> </span></strong><span style="color: black;">The Edmonton Police Service responded to several reports of carjackings with the first occurring on <strong>March 4, 2019</strong>, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Southeast Division officers responded to the parking lot of a business in the area of 23 Avenue and 24 Street. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">On <strong>March 5, 2019</strong>, police again received reports of two additional carjackings in southeast Edmonton involving suspects of a similar description. The first incident occurred near 85 Street and 7 Avenue SW, with second incident occurring in a parking lot in the area of 70 Street and Stanton Dr. SW.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 12pt;"><span style="color: black;">On <strong>March 18, 2019, </strong></span><span style="color: black;">it was reported to police that a male suspect with a firearm approached a male and female complainant sitting in their parked 2005 Chevy Cobalt near 5th Avenue SW and 77 Street. The suspect is then alleged to have assaulted the male driver of the vehicle, before threatening to shoot the complainants if they didn&rsquo;t give him their vehicle. The complainants exited the vehicle, at which time the suspect reportedly fled the scene in the Cobalt. <br /> <br /> <strong>Ladino </strong>has also since been charged for a similar incident that occurred back on <strong>Feb. 18, 2019</strong>, near Ellerslie Road and Edwards Drive, at approximately 3:30 p.m., involving an assault on a male complainant and an alleged theft of the complainant&rsquo;s 2005 Jeep Liberty.</span></p> 21 Mar 2019 21:14:39 UT Man arrested in connection to armed robbery series https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/RobberyArrestMar19 The Edmonton Police Service Robbery Section has arrested and charged a 43-year-old male in connection with a series of armed robberies that occurred in 2018 and 2019. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Between May 2018 and March 2019, four robberies occurred predominantly at Edmonton pharmacies, where it was reported that a male suspect allegedly used a handgun, forcing staff to the floor while he stole pharmaceuticals. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>While investigating the most recent March 16, 2019 robbery, police received information that the suspect was located in a St. Albert motel. On Sunday, Mar. 17, 2019, <strong>Ronald Jason Fitzgerald, 43</strong>, was arrested in St. Albert with the assistance of RCMP.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>EPS and RCMP members executed a search warrant on the suspect’s vehicle and motel room, locating stolen items, an imitation firearm (BB gun) and a large quantity of narcotics.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Ronald Jason Fitzgerald, 43</span></strong><span>, is charged with <em>robbery (x4)</em>, <em>use of imitation firearm (x4)</em> and <em>disguise with intent (x4)</em>. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The suspect is believed to be connected to similar robberies from 2018 and 2019. Police continue to investigate. </span></p> <br> 19 Mar 2019 17:15:00 UT The price of happily ever after https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/FPMRomanceScam Con was in the hospital when he received a message from a woman who had seen his dating profile. He was happy to have the company while he was confined to the hospital bed - even if it was just over the phone. <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Times New Roman;"> </span> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">She was a United States citizen on an overseas contract as a computer civil engineer. She was a single mom; her son was nine-years-old. Eventually, she would say that she “fell in love with a guy from the internet”. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Months into their chats, she said the camera on her phone was broken but she couldn’t afford to fix it; she needed $600 to replace her phone. He denied her request so she stopped contacting him. Months passed and they started talking again. She asked him for money, “she said she was relying on me to get her and her son to the States.” So he gave what he could towards a new phone- $100. It wasn’t enough, so she stopped talking to him. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Nearly a year later, she asked him if he still loved her; the continued to talk for a couple of weeks and then she told him she was laid off and needed help. He told her to go to the U.S. Embassy for help, but she admitted that it was an illegal work contract. She needed to get home, but she didn’t have enough; she was a mere $1500 short. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The next day, ticket prices went up. He paid the difference. And then her son was diagnosed with malaria. Shortly after, they were in a collision and had hospital bills - she even sent x-rays. But she had money back home; she just needed help paying the hospital bills in order to be released from the hospital. Once she got home she would be able to pay him back. She even “proved” her financial state by sending a picture of her bank accounts in the U.S.A; she just couldn’t access them while overseas.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Sadly, Con’s dream of having a family was used against him by fraudsters. When one of his banks interfered and the Edmonton Police Service investigated his case, <strong>this romance scam totalled $143,000</strong>. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">When you ask Con why he sent the money, he pauses… “Hope that it would be real. Having her and her kid. Money isn’t important. This is; having someone else in the house besides me.”</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Now Con wants to share his experience in hopes of deterring any future incidents of romance scams, because Con’s story is not unusual. In 2018, the Edmonton Police Service investigated 11 incidents of romance scams totaling <strong>an overall reported loss of $1,115,219.74</strong>. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">It is important to remember that romance scammers do this for a living – it’s their job and it can be very profitable.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">“It’s absolutely heartbreaking that these scammers are taking someone’s desire for happiness and using it against them,” Detective Linda Herczeg stated. “They commit all of their time into these scams because it’s their job and it’s lucrative.”</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">Websites and apps are constantly used for matchmaking, friendship building, and networking. They great, modern tools, but users should be aware of the potential risks when signing up for these tools. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong>Signs that a social media or dating profile user is a scammer </strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They ask you for money.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They profile you and tell you everything you want to hear.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They will find out what you are looking for in a relationship and create events that will play on your emotional to get you to send money – sick children, airline tickets to come be with you/marry you so you can be a family.&nbsp; </p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They groom you for as long as it takes (days, months, years) to get your money by being very attentive, lavishing you with attention, compliments and tell you that they love you. Usually they profess their love early in the relationship.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They are always available because it is usually a group of individuals that are sending you messages, working off a script.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">The images of your “loved one” will be stolen off the internet.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">Your “loved one” will rarely have a voice conversation with you or have a live conversation via FaceTime or Skype.</p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">Your “loved one” will always have an excuse why they cannot meet you. </p> </li> <li style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;">They will always find a reason for you to send them more money.</p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><br></p> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> </p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">You can find more information on <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=0C47E618D26743D9A394E6EEC2CD7311&amp;_z=z">online scams</a>&nbsp;and <a href="~/link.aspx?_id=F02165E344664A4F8508E02E83B8395C&amp;_z=z">online dating</a>&nbsp;safety tips on our website.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">The EPS reminds citizens that fraud prevention is continuous – we need to recognize it through continual education, report it, and stop it. We ask that you share this information with those in your life who may be a target for romance scams.</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">If you are a victim of any fraud, please contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile device. </p> 18 Mar 2019 14:00:00 UT Eight year old boy located after Amber Alert issued https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/Eight year old boy located thanks to Amber Alert After an Amber Alert was issued last night, an 8-year-old boy was located safe and unharmed at 5:30 a.m. today (March 16, 2019). <font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font color="#000000"><font face="Calibri">The EPS issued an Amber Alert for Noah Ducharme on the evening of March 15, 2019, who had been abducted by his mother earlier that day from a school in Southeast Division.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font></font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><font color="#000000">An off duty Calgary Police Service member spotted Noah with his mother, thanks to the Amber Alert.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span></font><font color="#000000">RCMP members from Okotoks responded and took the mother into custody.</font></font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font face="Calibri"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><font color="#000000">Brianne Hjalte, 31</font></b><font color="#000000"> was charged with one count of </font><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;"><font color="#000000">abduction </font></i><font color="#000000">under the Criminal Code, Section 283(1). </font></font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Calibri">&nbsp;</font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><font color="#000000" face="Calibri">The EPS would like to thanks citizens who shared the Amber Alert information and for reporting information to police. </font></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font> 16 Mar 2019 18:10:59 UT Police warn public after recent distraction style thefts targeting seniors https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/distractiontheftswest The Edmonton Police Service is alerting the public following recent reports of distraction style jewelry thefts that appear to be targeting seniors. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Thursday, March 7, 2019, an 86-year-old female was in the parking lot of a business in the area of 124 Avenue and 153 Street when she was reportedly approached by an unknown male and female in a black Dodge Durango. While speaking to the complainant, the female suspect reportedly placed fake gold rings on the woman’s fingers and a fake gold necklace around her neck, removing the wedding ring and necklace that she was wearing in the process. The suspects then allegedly&nbsp;drove away.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Sunday, March 10, 2019, a similar incident reportedly took place in the parking lot of a grocery store in the area of 173 Street and Stony Plain Road. A 75-year-old male reported that while attempting to exit his vehicle he was blocked by an unknown female. The female then reportedly placed fake gold jewelry on his hands and wrists, removed his gold watch and quickly left the parking lot with an unknown male in a black SUV.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators believe the two incidents in west Edmonton are linked and may involve the same suspects. In each incident the suspects are described as </span><span>an adult male and female with a dark skin tone, dark hair and heavy accents that may be Eastern European or Middle Eastern.&nbsp;</span><span>The female was also described as wearing a full length dress and a head scarf and both suspects reportedly drove rental vehicles that officers believe they may be switching regularly.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Detectives continue to actively investigate these incidents and believe the suspects are likely travelling across Alberta committing similar thefts. As a result, officers are concerned there may be additional complainants in Edmonton and are encouraging them to come forward. <br><br>Photos of the fake jewelry used by the suspects are included below.<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="" src="-/media/3DF09791D7AD49E28A186C20FC657AF8.ashx?h=347&amp;w=400&amp;hash=11C337B29037F6B5ED5931D35DE7F888EC80B77E"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span><img alt="" src="-/media/DEB101E1845E4A80B770491832D828F7.ashx?h=315&amp;w=400&amp;hash=FB277306982F8B8F39436794378E8C98AB447FD6"></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Police are also warning the public, in particular seniors, to be aware of their surroundings when in parking lots and to be extra vigilant if approached by strangers who are trying to give away or sell something. Citizens are advised to look around when approaching theirs vehicles and, if they notice suspicious individuals approaching, change direction and proceed to the nearest public area.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Anyone who believes they may have been victimized 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 style="text-decoration: underline;">www.p3tips.com/250</span></a></span><span>.</span></p> <br> 15 Mar 2019 18:30:00 UT Charges laid in 2013 assault at Castledowns Road https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/Charges laid in 2013 assault at Castledowns Road The Edmonton Police Service, with the assistance of the RCMP in BC and the Abbotsford Police Department, has arrested a man in relation to a serious assault that took place on Jan. 1, 2013 in north Edmonton. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, <strong>Benjamen Patrick Kozlovich, 31,</strong> was arrested in Chilliwack, BC and charged with <em>aggravated assault</em> and <em>possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose</em>. </p> <p>&ldquo;The investigation can now be concluded with thanks to witnesses that came forward with important information,&rdquo; says Det. Paul Kelly of Northwest Division.</p> <p><strong>Background:</strong> On Jan. 1, 2013 at approximately 2:40 a.m. a grey Pontiac Grand Am occupied by three males was waiting in a McDonalds drive-thru located at 15333 Castledowns Road. An unknown male suspect approached the vehicle and a physical altercation ensued where a knife was used by the suspect.&nbsp; Witnesses intervened and the suspect then reportedly fled the scene on foot. Two victims sustained serious injuries as a result of this incident, one of whose injuries are described as life-altering. The EPS issued a news release on Feb. 21, 2019 with a sketch of the suspect asking the public for help in identifying the male.&nbsp;&nbsp; <span lang="EN-US" style="color: #000000; font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: 12pt; mso-spacerun: yes;"><br /> </span></p> 14 Mar 2019 19:43:10 UT Thieves targeting electronics in string of personal robberies https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/PersonalRobberiesMar14 The Edmonton Police Service is warning the public of increased reports of personal robberies near transit stops. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Since January 5, 2019, EPS officers have investigated 10 similar reports of thefts of electronics throughout Edmonton. The events have occurred at and near LRT stations, transit stations and bus stops throughout the city.<br> <br> “One of the things we advise citizens is to be aware of their surroundings, wherever they are and at all times,” says Acting Staff Sergeant Mark Kachkowski, with LRT Beats. “We all want to listen to music and look at our phones while we’re getting from A to B, but it’s important to keep your head up, stay alert, and don’t turn your music up so loud that you can’t hear what’s going on around you.”</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">In each case, multiple suspects approach the complainant while they are walking to or from a bus stop, transit terminal, or LRT station during the evening hours. The suspects reportedly use physical force or threaten the complainants with a weapon. The suspects appear to be targeting personal electronics.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">EPS continues to work in partnership with Transit Peace Officers and ETS to support transit safety. This includes a comprehensive transit safety program that uses the presence of uniformed EPS officers, Transit Peace Officers and other security measures such as site-specific security guards and onsite security cameras to keep Edmontonians safe. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">EPS and Transit Peace Officers have also added additional joint shifts that focus on high visibility and high incident areas to further deter disorder. These joint shifts complement the EPS LRT Beats team to maintain a highly visible, uniformed presence.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Citizens should also always keep in mind the following:</span></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li> <p style="margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Remain alert to their surroundings at all times</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Travel with others if possible</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Know the location of emergency blue phones, yellow touch strips located above the window on LRT cars and red LRT emergency push buttons</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">If you see something suspicious,</span><span> </span><span style="color: black;">tell an onsite uniformed security guard (wearing a high-visibility yellow vest), any ETS uniformed staff member or police</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Travel through lit areas at night</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">If traveling alone, advise a friend or family member of where you are going and your estimated arrival time</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Avoid displaying expensive electronics in your possession</span></p> </li> <li style="color: black;"> <p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); margin-top: 0cm; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Call 911 in any emergency</span></p> </li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">More safety tips are available on the </span><span><a href="http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/crimeprevention/personalfamilysafety/personalsafety/bustrainsafety"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">EPS website</span></a></span><span style="color: black;">.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span></p> &nbsp;<br> 14 Mar 2019 19:10:08 UT Man charged for alleged bogus business deal; police seek additional complainants https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/businessdealfraud The Edmonton Police Service is seeking additional complaints after charging a 48-year-old Edmonton man with fraud related to an alleged bogus business deal. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>On Monday, March 4, 2019, two complainants approached police about a $70,000 investment they had made in a business deal that they believed may not be legitimate. It was reported to police that <strong>Brian Desmond Penney, 48</strong>, had approached them with an opportunity to invest in a steel fabrication business. <strong>Penney</strong> reportedly asked the complainants for money to pay for start-up costs for the business. After conducting a background information search on <strong>Penney</strong>, the complainants became concerned the opportunity may not be real and they immediately contacted police.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators with the EPS Economic Crimes Section believe that <strong>Penney</strong> had no intention of establishing the business and on Thursday, March 7, 2019,<strong> Penney </strong>was arrested and charged with <em>fraud over $5,000</em>.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span> Detectives are currently investigating similar incidents involving <strong>Penney</strong> and believe that<strong> </strong>he has been defrauding individuals for over a year. As a result, they believe there may be other complainants and are releasing his photo to encourage them to come forward.</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=" " src="-/media/697E0B3016AF4B41983952C90A7984B7.ashx?h=500&amp;w=400"></span></strong></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>Brian Desmond Penney, 48</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Height: 5&rsquo;9&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>Weight: 250 lbs</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span> Anyone who believes they may have been victimized by <strong>Penney</strong> can contact the Edmonton Police Service 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>.</span></p> <br> 14 Mar 2019 17:30:52 UT Police investigate fatal collision on the Henday https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/fatalcollisionhendaymotorcycle The Edmonton Police Service is investigating a fatal collision that occurred on the Henday in southwest Edmonton yesterday evening. <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>At approximately 5:40 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Southwest Division officers responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision in the area of Anthony Henday Drive and 62 Avenue.</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 Dodge Journey was travelling southbound on Anthony Henday Drive past 62 Avenue in the right lane when it suddenly slowed down. The Journey was reportedly straddling two lanes when it was struck on the rear passenger side by a motorcycle that was also travelling southbound in the right lane.</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 male motorcyclist to hospital where he</span><span> succumbed to his injuries.</span><span> </span><span>There were no other injuries reported in this collision.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>The EPS Major Collision Investigations Section continues to investigate.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span><br></span></strong></p> <br> 14 Mar 2019 16:30:00 UT