Media Releases https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/mediareleases.aspx Below is a listing of all EPS news releases.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> To contact the EPS Corporate Communications, please phone (780) 421-3551. en 13 Jul 2024 22:05:20 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2024, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Missing 55-year-old woman located safe https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/missingwoman-july11 The Edmonton Police Service has located the 55-year-old woman who was reportedly last seen on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. We thank the public for their assistance in locating her. 12 Jul 2024 22:36:00 UT EPS seeks additional complainants in police impersonation investigation https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/policeimpersonationJul12 The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is seeking additional complainants in a police impersonation investigation. <p><span>In June of 2024, police received information that a BMW X5 SUV was being used to impersonate police. The X5 was described as having blue and red flashing lights mounted in the front of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle was identified by police, and an investigation was initiated into the vehicle and its owner.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;We are looking to speak with anyone who may have been stopped by this vehicle, believing it to be police&rdquo; says Acting Det. Alex Dickson with the EPS Firearms Investigation Unit. &ldquo;We believe that there are people who have been pulled over by this vehicle or witnessed it utilizing the flashing blue and red lights.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Police impersonations are very concerning and can erode public trust in police. The only vehicles that are permitted to use blue and red flashing lights are police vehicles.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="height: 350px; width: 500px;" src="-/media/9D3FFB30F2EC4F3199BEBC687DEB5D8A.ashx?h=350&amp;w=500" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Actual photo of suspect vehicle</span></strong></p> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"> <iframe src="https://players.brightcove.net/6178286496001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6357756084112" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Video of flashing red and blue lights on the suspect vehicle</span></strong></p> <div style="position: relative; display: block; max-width: 960px;"> <div style="padding-top: 56.25%;"> <iframe src="https://players.brightcove.net/6178286496001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6357754510112" allow="encrypted-media" style="position: absolute; top: 0px; right: 0px; bottom: 0px; left: 0px; width: 100%; height: 100%;"></iframe> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Video of a strobe light on the suspect vehicle</span></strong></p> <p><span>Anyone with information about this suspect vehicle is asked to please 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><a href="http://www.p3tips.com/250"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a><span>.</span></p> 12 Jul 2024 18:08:07 UT Police seeking the public’s assistance to help identify violent sexual predator https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/violentassaults The Edmonton Police Service’s Sexual Assault Section (SAS) is seeking the public’s assistance to help identify a male suspect in connection to a pair of violent assaults and personal robberies that occurred Saturday morning involving two sex trade workers. <p><span>It was reported to police that the male suspect initially contacted both women through a website and made arrangements to meet for sexual services. <br /> <br /> In the first incident, the male suspect met a 30-year-old female complainant at an online rental suite in central Edmonton, at approximately 7 a.m. Shortly thereafter, the male violently attacked the woman rendering her unconscious. The complainant awoke a short time later with significant injuries. The male suspect also reportedly stole cash, a wallet with the woman&rsquo;s identification and her cell phone, before fleeing the scene. <br /> <br /> In the second incident, police believe the same male suspect arranged to meet a 27-year-old female complainant for sexual services in a south-side hotel suite, at approximately 7:50 a.m. Following their meet up, the female complainant walked the male suspect to the door, at which time the suspect violently attacked the woman rendering her unconscious. After regaining consciousness, the female complainant noticed the suspect had stolen cash, her wallet with identification and her cell phone.<br /> <br /> </span>Today, Sunday, July 7, 2024, SAS investigators are releasing photos of the male suspect and a vehicle he was driving while leaving both scenes. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2018 to 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Trendline.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/53E588C598B74943A23567A3E9DECCCF.ashx"><img alt="" style="height:303px; width:267px;" src="-/media/53E588C598B74943A23567A3E9DECCCF.ashx?h=303&amp;w=267" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="-/media/F0F612F999AB45BB9B88DBB8674690DC.ashx"><img alt="" style="width:550px; height:309px;" src="-/media/F0F612F999AB45BB9B88DBB8674690DC.ashx?h=309&amp;w=550" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span>&nbsp;<strong>Wanted: Male suspect and a <span>2018 to 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan Trendline&nbsp;</span>in connection to a pair of violent assaults on sex trade workers.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span></span><span style="text-align: left;">Detectives believe there may be additional complainants who have been assaulted and/or robbed by this male suspect and are encouraging them to contact police. Anyone who can identify the suspect is asked to contact the </span><span style="text-align: left;">EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone or reporting online at</span><span style="text-align: left;"> </span><span style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/SAOnlineCrimeReport">https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/SAOnlineCrimeReport</a>.</span></p> <p><span>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"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><br /> <br /> </span></p> 07 Jul 2024 22:21:58 UT Death of male marks fifth motorcycle fatality of 2024 https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/motorfatal A 23-year-old Edmonton man has died as a result of a motorcycle collision that occurred last week in southeast Edmonton. <span>On </span><span>Tuesday, </span><span>June 25, 2024, </span><span>at approximately 10 p.m., it was reported to police that </span><span>a </span><span>23-year-old male was driving a Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle on the northbound exit ramp at 91 Street and Anthony Henday Drive, when he lost control of his bike and collided with the left turning lane median.<br /> <br /> At that time, EMS treated and transported the male </span><span>to hospital</span><span> with serious injuries, where he remained until today, before succumbing to his injuries.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Life for a motorcyclist can be fleeting, there and gone in mere seconds,&rdquo; says Staff Sgt. Mike Wasylyshen, of the EPS Major Collision Investigations Section. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mothers, fathers, siblings, friends and police have seen far too many people lose their lives as a result of motorcycle collisions over the years. In most cases, speed almost always plays a role. I want motorcyclists to enjoy the experience of riding a bike, though I want them to also have a healthy respect for their own mortality and please slow down.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This latest fatality marks the fifth&nbsp;motorcyclist death of 2024. <br /> <br /> <br /> </span> 05 Jul 2024 23:27:31 UT Autopsy complete, charge laid in southeast Edmonton death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/sedeathautopsychargesJuly5 The Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section has charged a 32-year-old Edmonton man in relation to the death of a woman in southeast Edmonton earlier this week. <p><span>On Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at approximately 5:00 a.m., Southeast Branch patrol officers responded to a residence in the area of 3 Avenue and 42 Street SW on the report of a serious assault. Upon arrival, officers located an adult female suffering from life-threatening injuries. EMS responded and she was declared deceased on scene. </span></p> <p><span>The Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Officer completed an autopsy today, Friday, July 5, 2024, and determined the 33-year-old female died as a result of a stabbing. The manner of death is homicide.</span></p> <p><span>The woman’s 32-year-old male partner, who was taken into custody shortly after her death, has since been charged with <em>second degree murder.</em> </span></p> <p><span>To protect the privacy of multiple children related to both the victim and the accused who were in the home at the time of the assault, the EPS will not be releasing the names of the victim or the accused.</span></p> <p><span>This homicide was a domestic violence incident.</span></p> 05 Jul 2024 22:00:00 UT Edmonton basketball coach facing sexual assault charges; police believe there may be additional complainants https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/sabasketbcallcoachJuly5 The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 48-year-old Edmonton man in relation to an alleged sexual assault that occurred earlier this year.&nbsp; <p><span>In June 2024, a 16-year-old female complainant reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted by her male basketball coach. The incident reportedly took place at a hotel in early 2024 when the accused accompanied the complainant to a basketball development camp outside of Edmonton. It was reported to police that the coach produced bottles of alcohol and hallucinogenic drugs and encouraged the complainant to consume them. Once intoxicated, he sexually assaulted the complainant.</span></p> <p><span>Following an investigation by the Edmonton Police Service Sexual Assault Section,<strong> Ronald William Olson, 48, </strong>was charged with <em>sexual assault, sexual exploitation, administering a noxious thing</em> and<em> possession of a controlled drug.</em> He has since been released with several conditions, including not having contact within anyone under the age or 16 outside of incidental or superficial contact such as customer/employee interactions at a workplace or business; not attending any public swimming area, school/school yard, daycare, playground, youth shelter or public library; and not seeking or maintaining any volunteer or employment position that is a position of trust or authority over a person under 16 years of age. <strong>Olson</strong> is scheduled to appear in an Edmonton court on Wednesday, July 10, 2024.</span></p> <p><strong><span>Olson</span></strong><span> has reportedly been coaching basketball in Edmonton since 2015. As a result, police believe there may be other complainants. It is important to remember that abuse of a position of trust, authority, or power can invalidate what might otherwise appear to be consent.</span></p> <p><span>Complainants are encouraged to come forward by calling the </span><span>EPS at 780-423-4567<strong> </strong>or #377 from a mobile phone or reporting online at</span></p> <p><a href="https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/SAOnlineCrimeReport"><span>https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/ContactEPS/SAOnlineCrimeReport</span></a><span> . 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"><span>www.p3tips.com/250</span></a><span>.</span></p> 05 Jul 2024 21:20:00 UT Police seek witness related to south side ravine death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/witnessvehicle Homicide detectives are releasing images of a vehicle whose occupant(s) may have witnessed activity related to the recent Mill Creek Ravine homicide. <p><span style="color: black;">The vehicle, a grey 2012 to 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, is believed to have been parked in the Mill Creek Ravine parking lot just prior to the arrival of Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) at 8:12 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2024. Investigators believe the vehicle and its occupant(s)may have witnessed activity related to <strong>Threna Waskahat&rsquo;s</strong> death and are asking for the public&rsquo;s assistance locating the vehicle and its occupant(s). Photos of the vehicle captured by nearby surveillance cameras are included below. </span></p> <p><a href="-/media/CAEA4D41D07146C3A6167389C4FAE406.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/CAEA4D41D07146C3A6167389C4FAE406.ashx"><img alt="" style="width:550px; height:355px;" src="-/media/CAEA4D41D07146C3A6167389C4FAE406.ashx?h=355&amp;w=550" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="-/media/8923F2C66186496FBDCFB788F2CC624D.ashx"></a><a href="-/media/8923F2C66186496FBDCFB788F2CC624D.ashx"><img alt="" style="width:560px; height:406px;" src="-/media/8923F2C66186496FBDCFB788F2CC624D.ashx?h=406&amp;w=560" /></a><br /> <strong>EPS Homicide investigators believe the occupant(s) of this Hyundai Santa Fe SUV may have witnessed</strong><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;<strong>activity related to the June 29th Mill Creek Ravine homicide.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Anyone with information about the vehicle or its occupant(s) are encouraged to contact the EPS at&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1rem; font-family: inherit;">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" style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;">www.p3tips.com/250</a><span style="font-size: 1rem; font-family: inherit;">.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: black;">Background information</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: black;">At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2024, Southwest Branch patrol officers were called by Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) regarding a death in Millcreek Ravine just north of 85 Avenue and west of the Millcreek Ravine parking lot. EFRS responded to a reported fire in the area and, after extinguishing the fire, located a deceased person.</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;"></span><span style="color: black;">The Edmonton Medical Examiner&rsquo;s office completed an autopsy on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, and confirmed that the death of </span><strong style="color: black;">Threna Waskahat, 31</strong><span style="color: black;">, was a homicide. The cause of death is being withheld for investigative reasons.</span></p> 05 Jul 2024 00:18:26 UT UPDATE: Missing person located safe and unharmed https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/mpcarifelle UPDATE: The&nbsp; 36-year-old woman listed as missing earlier today has been found safe and unharmed. We thank the public for their assistance in locating this individual.&nbsp; 04 Jul 2024 20:51:42 UT New 9-1-1 campaign urges citizens to "Make the Right Call" https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/911MaketheRightCallCampaignLaunch The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) alongside partners Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) and Alberta Health Services Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are launching a new public education campaign aimed to help Edmontonians understand when to call 9-1-1. <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1rem;">The EPS Emergency Communications and Operations Management Branch (ECOMB) functions as a primary Public Safety Answering Point, responsible for handling all 9-1-1 calls for the City of Edmonton. When a call comes in, Emergency Communications Officers (ECO’s) dispatch it to the appropriate emergency services agency such as police, fire, or ambulance.</span><p> </p><p>In 2023, ECOMB received approximately 648,000 phone calls to 9-1-1, 32 per cent of which were classified as non-emergency. Since 2021, the number of non-emergency calls to 9-1-1 has increased by 49 per cent.</p><p></p><p>“Non-emergency calls to 9-1-1 tie up resources and can delay response to real emergencies where every second counts,” says Kalie Anderson, Director of ECOMB. “In the moment, events can feel like an emergency, but if it isn’t a crime in progress or a situation where life, safety, or property is in immediate danger, it’s not a phone call to 9-1-1.”</p><p></p><p>Non-emergency events can be reported to a variety of other services as appropriate, including 2-1-1, 3-1-1, 9-8-8 or the EPS non-emergency line. </p><p></p><p>“Our ECOs field countless non-emergency calls, everything from children playing with a cell phone and mistakenly calling 9-1-1 to complaints about restaurant service and long waits in fast-food lines,” says Anderson. “It may sound comical, but they have serious implications to emergency response times.”</p><p></p><p>Another growing issue is the number of callers who hang-up on ECOs, sometimes due to high call volume or because they have accidentally dialed 9-1-1. ECOs are required to call back all hang-ups regardless of the situation. To prevent tying up police resources any further, callers should stay on the line, even if the call was a mistake. </p><p></p><p>Last year alone ECOs were required to call back roughly nine per cent of callers due to hang-ups. </p><p></p><p>For more information visit <a href="http://911MakeTheRightCall.ca" target="">911MakeTheRightCall.ca</a></p> 04 Jul 2024 18:00:00 UT Public information and warning: Violent Sexual Offender Released https://www.edmontonpolice.ca/News/MediaReleases/OffenderReleaseJuly4 In the interest of public safety, the Edmonton Police Service is issuing the following warning: <Strong>David Hay is a convicted violent sexual offender, and the Edmonton Police Service has reasonable grounds to believe he will commit another violent offence against someone while in the community.<Strong> <p><span>Hay </span>will be residing in Edmonton after he is released from jail.<span>&nbsp; </span>He is currently subject to a court order, with conditions, and will be managed by the Behavioural Assessment Unit of the Edmonton Police Service.</p> <p>Hay<strong> </strong>is a sexual offender who has been violent in the past, resulting in physical harm to his victims in the commission of offences. Hay<strong> </strong>has victimized a number of adolescent females in a sexual manner.</p> <p>Hay<strong> </strong>has been placed on a series of court ordered conditions including:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>He must live at a residence approved by his Supervisor and must not change that address until he has received written approval from his Supervisor.</li> <li>He must abide by a curfew of 9 PM to 6 AM daily unless a varied time is approved in writing by his Supervisor.</li> <li>He must not travel out of the City of Edmonton without written approval of his Supervisor.</li> <li>He must not be in possession of weapons of any kind, including knives (except in his residence or at a restaurant, for the sole purpose of consuming a meal) bear spray or dog spray, firearms, ammunition, explosive material, or any weapons whether homemade or otherwise.</li> <li>He must not consume alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicating substances.</li> </ul> <p>Anyone with any information about any potential breaches of these conditions by Hay<strong> </strong>can contact the EPS at 780-423-4567.</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.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;<strong style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="height:600px; width:480px;" src="-/media/7DB5FEE20DFC4E70A7D6902690C1A950.ashx" /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>David Hay (23 yrs.)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Height: 170 cm (5&rsquo;7&rdquo;)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Weight: 75 kg (165 lbs.)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Eyes: blue</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Hair: brown</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><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></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This information is released under the authority of the <em>FOIP Act</em>, RSA 2000, C. F-25.</p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="margin-left: 0.9pt; border: none;"> <tbody> <tr style="height: 61.95pt;"> <td valign="top" style="height: 61.95pt; width: 479.4pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; border-right: none; border-top-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; text-align: left;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><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> </td> <td valign="top" style="height: 61.95pt; width: 14.15pt; padding: 0cm 5.4pt; border-style: solid; border-width: 1pt; text-align: left;"> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> 04 Jul 2024 16:45:00 UT