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 09 Aug 2022 23:54:44 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2022, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Male charged in northeast Edmonton death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/AUG09AutopsyandCharges Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives have charged a 56-year-old male in relation to a death that occurred in Northeast Edmonton. <p><span style="color: black;">On Saturday, August 6, 2022, at approximately 6:25 p.m., police responded to a weapons complaint in the area of 162 Avenue and 52 Street. When police officers arrived, they located an unresponsive 63-year-old female who was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics. A 17-year-old female was also located on scene with injuries and was taken to hospital by paramedics in serious, but non-life-threatening condition.</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Today, Wednesday, August 9, 2022, an autopsy completed by the Edmonton Medical Examiner&rsquo;s Office determined that </span><strong style="color: black;">Kirandeep Grewal, 63</strong><span style="color: black;">, died of a gunshot wound. The manner of death is homicide.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: black;">Jasbir Grewal, 56</span></strong><span style="color: black;">, was charged with <em>second-degree murder</em> and <em>aggravated assault</em>.</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Both victims and the accused were known to one another. Police are not looking for any additional suspects.</span></p> 09 Aug 2022 22:54:00 UT Police seek assistance identifying suspect in hateful graffiti investigation https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/assisttoID-Aug8 The Edmonton Police Service is seeking to identify a suspect in relation to an investigation into anti-Asian graffiti. EPS West Division is investigating four instances of anti-Asian graffiti depicting the words, &ldquo;KILL ASIANS&rdquo; that occurred on June 9, 2022 and July 19, 2022 along 104 Avenue and Stony Plain Road in the area between 144 Street and 163 Street.<br> <br> Surveillance footage captured on July 19 shows a male of average height, with a thin build, short hair and facial hair writing on a wall in an alley. Investigators are asking anyone who may be able to identify this suspect to come forward. Police are also asking anyone who may come across other instances of this graffiti to report it to police.<br> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="507" width="255" src="-/media/88069435EA38477A84218855D011517B.ashx"><br> <br> <strong>Assist to ID: Hate graffiti suspect captured on camera</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=6310611097112" 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><br> CCTV footage of suspect</strong></p> 08 Aug 2022 20:32:00 UT Homicide Section investigating suspicious death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/SuspDeathAug07 Edmonton Police Service Homicide Section detectives are investigating a suspicious death that occurred in Northeast Edmonton. <p><span style="color: black;">On Saturday, August 6, 2022, at approximately 6:25 p.m., police responded to a weapons complaint in the area of 162 Avenue and 52 Street. When police members arrived, they located an unresponsive 63-year-old female who was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics. A second injured person was located and was taken to hospital by paramedics in serious life-threatening condition.</span></p> <p>An autopsy has yet to be scheduled. Homicide Section detectives continue to investigate.</p> 07 Aug 2022 18:24:00 UT TRAP team uncovers auto theft, re-VINing operation  https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/TRAPseizureAug5 The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has recovered 19 stolen vehicles following a search warrant executed on a warehouse in St. Albert. <p><span>On May 12, 2022, while investigating the theft of a 2022 Ford Expedition, the EPS TRAP (Targeted Response to Auto Theft Prevention) team went to an address in St. Albert, the last known GPS location of the stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the team observed several newer vehicles within a fenced compound, as well as several shipping containers with vehicles inside them.</span></p> <p><span>On May 13, 2022, TRAP, with the assistance of the RCMP Auto Theft Unit and &Eacute;quit&eacute; Association, executed a search warrant at the property. In total, 19 stolen vehicles were recovered, some of which had falsified vehicle identification numbers (VINs). Additional false VIN labels were also seized. The investigation also led to the recovery of four stolen vehicles from shipping containers located in the Port of Montreal waiting to be shipped overseas. In total, the 23 recovered vehicles have a combined value of $1,095,000.</span></p> <p><span>On Aug. 4, 2022, <strong>Alain Damen, 33</strong> turned himself into police and was charged with <em>possession of stolen property over $5000</em> (x18), <em>possession of stolen property under $5000</em>, <em>fraudulent concealment</em> (x5) and <em>alter or remove vehicle VIN</em> (x6).</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;The victims affected by this operation included everyone from private citizens whose vehicles were stolen from their garages to insurance companies whose vehicles were fraudulently rented,&rdquo; says Sgt. Ian Strom, with the EPS TRAP team. &ldquo;We are just scraping the surface with these recoveries, and are continuing to investigate other locations connected to the accused.&rdquo;</span></p> 05 Aug 2022 18:17:05 UT 2021 National Crime Statistics Show Improvements, Areas of Concern as EPS Continues Work on Key Challenges https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/2021NationalCrimeStatistics <br><b><i>Edmonton was one of top 5 cities in Canada in reducing overall crime severity.</b></i> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span>BACKGROUND OF THE 2021 STATISTICS CANADA REPORT</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>This week&rsquo;s release of crime statistics shows Edmonton was one of the top five cities in Canada in reducing its overall crime severity between 2020 and 2021. Statistics Canada released its annual </span><span><a href="https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2022001/article/00013-eng.htm"><span>Police-reported Crime Statistics in Canada </span></a></span><span>report on August 2, 2022. The report reflects some normalization of crime trends following two years of COVID-19 pandemic impacts on crime patterns and on the Crime Severity Index (CSI). Seen in the 2021 report and year-to-date in 2022 data tracked by the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), it is possible to begin to see some realignments in CSI reflecting a return to pre-pandemic social patterns, including workplace and business re-openings.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span>STATEMENT<br> </span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;The 2021 Statistics Canada report shows that we&rsquo;re closing gaps between the national. provincial and even regional rates across crime categories in 2021,&rdquo; says Edmonton Police Chief, Dale McFee.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;We can see that many of our crime suppression and diversion initiatives are making a difference. Our people are working hard to apply innovative solutions, while working closely with community partners to enhance safety throughout the city.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;While we are pleased that we are closing key gaps, we are also paying attention to the fact that 2022 is showing some increasing trends in violent crime categories, such as assault.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span>&ldquo;Many of the challenges we have seen so far in 2022 have been associated to neighbourhoods in and around the downtown core. We will continue to concentrate efforts in these areas of need, while adjusting our police resources where we can to stay on top of the trends we see continuing to evolve into 2022.&rdquo;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span>HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2021 STATISTICS CANADA REPORT</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span>Total Crime Rate</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) had the 6th highest police-reported total crime rate <span>(4<sup>th</sup> highest in 2020) </span><span>of all 35 CMAs in 2021. The City of Edmonton&rsquo;s total crime rate decreased by 5% between 2020 and 2021.<br> <br> </span></li> <li>The Edmonton CMA violent crime rate was 17<sup>th</sup> highest among CMAs (16<sup>th</sup> in 2020), and decreased by 2% between 2020 and 2021, and by 7% between 2018 and 2021. The City of Edmonton&rsquo;s violent crime rate is below both national and provincial averages and in line with the Edmonton CMA.<br> <br> <br> </li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><strong><span>Edmonton&rsquo;s total crime rate&nbsp;</span></strong><br> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><a href="-/media/0CC3053887CB42E2A84C842583E2C788.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/0CC3053887CB42E2A84C842583E2C788.ashx?h=351&amp;w=600" style=";"></a><br> <em style="text-align: center;">Click to enlarge image</em></span><span style="font-size: 1rem; font-family: inherit;"></span></p> <p><strong><span><br> Total Crime Severity</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span>The overall CSI in the City of Edmonton has dropped by 9% between 2020 and 2021, and by 18% between 2018 and 2021, a greater reduction than seen in than all of Alberta (-11%) or the Edmonton CMA (-16%).<br> <br> </span></li> <li><span>Violations contributing to the change in the total CSI in Edmonton CMA were attributed to a decrease in breaking and entering, robbery, theft of $5,000 or under (non-motor vehicle) and shoplifting of $5,000 or under.<br> <br> </span></li> <li><span>This decrease was partially offset by increase in level 1 sexual assault, which increased 17% from 2020 to 2021. The national increase in level 1 sexual assault was 18% for the same period.<br> <br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Edmonton&rsquo;s total crime severity</span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span><a href="-/media/A2AD0B8B70DD4A52ABA31E073E9247F7.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/A2AD0B8B70DD4A52ABA31E073E9247F7.ashx?h=349&amp;w=600" style=";"></a><br> </span></strong><span><em style="text-align: center;">Click to enlarge image</em></span><strong><span><em style="text-align: center;"><br> </em></span></strong></p> <p><strong><span><br> Violent Crime Severity</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span>Edmonton CMA had the 8th highest police-reported total violent CSI.</span> <span>Overall, the violent crime severity in the City of Edmonton is decreasing while the rate of the Edmonton CMA is more stable</span><span>. The City of Edmonton violent CSI decreased by 4% in 2021, while the CMA violent CSI increased by 1% over the same period.<br> <br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Edmonton&rsquo;s violent crime severity<br> <br> <a href="-/media/98F205C275D444598A4F4D12EBD607AE.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/98F205C275D444598A4F4D12EBD607AE.ashx?h=358&amp;w=600"></a><br> <em></em></span></strong><span><em>Click to enlarge image</em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span> </span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><span><br> Non-violent Crime Severity</span></strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span>Edmonton CMA had the 7th highest police-reported total non-violent CSI. City of Edmonton&rsquo;s non-violent CSI decreased 11% between 2020 and 2021 (-24 % from 2018 to 2021) and was driven by decreases in breaking and entering, theft of $5,000 or under (non-motor vehicle) and shoplifting of $5,000.<br> <br> <br> </span></li> </ul> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><span>Edmonton&rsquo;s non-violent crime severity</span></strong><span> </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="-/media/F00AA860C8324BB686CA13586DB99628.ashx"><img alt="" src="-/media/F00AA860C8324BB686CA13586DB99628.ashx?h=348&amp;w=600" style=";"></a><br> <em style="text-align: center;">Click to enlarge image</em></p> 03 Aug 2022 20:03:00 UT Woman charged in central Edmonton death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/womanchargedinhomAug2 EPS Homicide Section has charged one woman in relation to the death of a man in central Edmonton on the weekend. <p><span style="color: black;">On Jul. 31, 2022, <strong>Joslyn Batoche, 41</strong>, was arrested and charged with manslaughter.</span></p> <p><span style="color: black;">The deceased has been positively identified as Christopher McMullen, 38. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: black;">Background</span></strong></p> <p><span style="color: black;">Just before 4 a.m. on Jul. 31, 2022, police responded to the report of a male in a building stairwell in the area of 110 Avenue and 84 Street. When officers arrived, they located an unresponsive man who was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics. </span></p> 02 Aug 2022 22:13:01 UT Charges laid in death at Edmonton Institution https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/HomchargeslaidAug2 EPS Homicide Section has charged three men in the death of an inmate at the Edmonton Institution.&nbsp; <p><strong><span style="color: black;">Cody Nicholls, 23, Brandon Newman, 21</span></strong><span style="color: black;"> and <strong>Dakota Cappo, 29 </strong>are all facing <em>first-degree murder</em> charges in the death of </span><span>Bretton Fisher, 33.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="color: black;">Background</span></strong></p> <p><span>At approximately 5:40 p.m., on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, police responded to the report of an injured male at the Edmonton Institution. When officers arrived, they found Bretton Fisher, 33, with life-threatening injuries. He was treated on scene by paramedics, but succumbed to his injuries.</span></p> <p><span>A Friday, July 29, 2022 autopsy determined that Fisher died of a stab wound, and the manner of death was homicide. </span></p> 02 Aug 2022 20:41:20 UT Police seek public’s assistance locating missing man https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/missingperson-BRACKE-Aug1 The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 40-year-old male. <strong>Bryan William Bracke, 40,</strong> was last heard from on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. He was reported missing by his family.<br> <br> <strong>Bracke</strong> is described as a white male who stands 5&rsquo;7&rdquo; and weighs approximately 140lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes.<br> <br> <strong>Bracke&rsquo;s</strong> disappearance is considered out of character and as such, his family and police are concerned for his wellbeing.<br> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="-/media/8FE46A5E69D841ABB61717211B202634.ashx?h=467&amp;w=350" style=""><br> <strong>Missing man: Bryan Bracke, 40</strong></p> 01 Aug 2022 16:34:00 UT Homicide Section investigating suspicious death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/suspiciousdeath-july31 EPS Homicide Section detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a man found early this morning. Just before 4 a.m. today, Sunday, July 31, 2022, police responded to the report of a male in a building stairwell, in the area of 110 Avenue and 84 Street. When officers arrived, they located an unresponsive man who was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> An autopsy has since been scheduled for Thursday (Aug. 4, 2022).<br /> <br /> Because this death appears to be suspicious, Homicide Section has taken the lead of the investigation.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 31 Jul 2022 21:38:24 UT Police investigating fatal collision https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/fatalcollision-july30 Major Collision officers are investigating a fatal collision that took place early this morning. <p>Just before 2 a.m. today, Saturday, July 30, 2022, police responded to the report of a serious collision in the area of Calgary Trail and 41 Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located a Honda Accord that had reportedly struck a light pole. The male driver was declared deceased on scene by paramedics.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> EPS Major Collision Investigations Section (MCIS) is investigating. Speed is believed to be a factor in this collision.</p> 30 Jul 2022 19:27:00 UT