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 30 May 2020 03:02:41 UT Commitment to Professionalism - Reduced Crime &amp; Victimization - Investigative Excellence - Increased Efficiency &amp; Effectiveness<br /> Copyright &copy; 2020, Edmonton Police Service. All rights reserved. Assist to locate: Joshua Bambush wanted for attempted murder https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/assisttolocate-bambush-may29 The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the whereabouts of <b>31-year-old Joshua Bambush</b> who is wanted in connection to a shooting in March. <p>On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, just after midnight, police were called to a residence in the area of 112 Avenue and 86 Street on the report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they located a 32-year-old man who had been shot. The male victim was treated and transported to hospital by paramedics with life-threatening injuries. </p> <p>Police have identified <strong>Bambush</strong> as a suspect in this investigation. He is wanted on province-wide warrants for <em>attempted murder, robbery with a firearm </em>and<em> assault causing bodily harm.</em> He is also wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for being <em>unlawfully at large.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span><strong><img alt="" width="270" height="338" src="-/media/BB82CE81766D471CA01F80373E8DBB58.ashx?h=338&amp;w=270"><br> <span><strong></strong></span></strong></span></em><span><strong><span><strong>Assist to locate: Joshua Bambush, 31</strong></span></strong></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><strong><span>Bambush</span></strong><span> is described as 5&rsquo;4&rdquo; tall and approximately 180 lbs. He wears glasses at times and has <span style="text-decoration: underline;">two distinctive tattoos - one above his right eye and one below his left eye. </span></span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>Investigators believe <strong>Bambush</strong> may be in the Edmonton area and are releasing his photo in an attempt to locate him. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> 29 May 2020 23:25:00 UT Autopsy results released in connection to Sunday's suspicious death https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/AutopsyMay29 The Edmonton Medical Examiner has completed an autopsy into the death of a 48-year-old woman whose body was discovered Sunday evening in a motel suite on Calgary Trail.&nbsp;&nbsp; <p style="margin-left: 18pt;"><span>Autopsy results are still pending regarding the cause of <strong>Lisa Arsenault&rsquo;s</strong> death, though the manner of death has been confirmed as homicide.<br /> <br /> Homicide investigators are asking anyone with knowledge about this homicide or the whereabouts of Ms. Arsenault prior to the evening of Sunday, May 24, 2020, 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 www.p3tips.com/250.</span></p> <p style="margin-left: 18pt;"><span> <strong>Background:</strong><br /> Southeast Division patrol members responded to an assault call at a motel near 38 Avenue and Calgary Trail at approximately 8 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2020. <br /> <br /> Upon arrival, officers found a deceased person inside one of the motel suites. <br /> <br /> </span></p> 29 May 2020 21:23:01 UT EPS officer charged https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/EPSOfficerChargedMay29 An Edmonton Police Service (EPS) member was charged on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in relation to seven incidents that occurred between January 4 and May 22, 2020. <p><span>Const. Celia Frattin, a 16-year member with the EPS, was charged with four counts of <em>theft under $5,000</em> pursuant to Sec. 334(b) of the Criminal Code and three counts of <em>fraud</em> pursuant to Sec. 380(1) of the Criminal Code.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="color: black;">It is alleged that while off duty, the constable stole various items from two different grocery/retail stores on seven different occasions. In some of the instances, it is alleged that items were fraudulently scanned in self checkouts.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span>The constable has been relieved from duty with pay.</span></p> <p><span>The charges follow an in-depth investigation by the EPS Professional Standards Branch.</span></p> <p><span>As the matter is currently before the courts, the EPS is not able to provide further comment or information about the incidents or investigation.</span></p> 29 May 2020 20:00:00 UT Police locate high risk offender wanted on warrants https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/highriskoffenderlocated-gambler-may28 On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Edmonton Police Service issued a news release seeking the whereabouts of <b>26-year-old Rodney Gambler,</b> who allegedly breached conditions of his court order. <p><strong>Gambler </strong>was located&nbsp;yesterday, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in downtown Edmonton.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> No further information is available for release.&nbsp;</p> 28 May 2020 16:01:00 UT Police investigate fatal collision https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/TrafficFatalMay27 Officers from the Major Collision Investigations Section (MCIS) are investigating a fatal head-on collision that occurred on a one-way road. <p><span>At approximately 6:18 p.m. this evening, May 27, 2020, police were called to 100 Avenue at 167 Street on the report of a head-on collision. It was reported that a 2018 Ford F150 was travelling westbound on the eastbound-only section of 100 Avenue near 167 Street when it collided with a 2017 Dodge Caravan travelling eastbound.</span></p> <p><span>The 75-year-old male driver of the Caravan was pronounced deceased on scene. A 70-year-old female, 32-year-old male and 3-year-old boy who were also in the Caravan were transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The 38-year-old male driver of the F-150 was transported to hospital and is in serious but stable condition.</span></p> <p><span>Speed and alcohol are considered to be factors in this collision. MCIS officers continue to investigate. </span></p> <p style="margin-left: 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> 28 May 2020 03:50:00 UT Project TENSOR aims to curb speeding and traffic-related noise issues https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/projectensor The Edmonton Police Service’s Traffic Services Branch will be putting rubber to the road this summer to address ongoing traffic issues including speeding and noise on city roadways.&nbsp; <p><span style="color: black;">Beginning this week and running throughout the summer, EPS members will partner with the City of Edmonton&rsquo;s </span><span>Traffic Safety Section and <span style="color: black;">Peace Officers on Project TENSOR, </span>Traffic Enforcement Noise/Speed Offence Reduction.<br /> <br /> Due to recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, EPS officers have seen less traffic on Edmonton roads, and an increase in excessive speeders and obnoxious noise.&nbsp; This has precipitated a significant increase in traffic complaints to EPS and the city, says Sgt. Kerry Bates, of the EPS Traffic Safety Unit. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;As a police service, we&rsquo;ve seen it and messaged the pubic repeatedly about ongoing incidents of excessive speeding and traffic noise pollution. We want citizens to know that we hear you, and we&rsquo;re going to vigorously enforce these laws over the summer with the goal of ridding our streets of this emergent problem.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Traffic issues surrounding speeding and vehicle noise typically pick up when the warmer weather arrives, so that&rsquo;s certainly not new. Some drivers, however, continue to use our roadways as speedways due to lower traffic volumes associated with the COVOD-19 pandemic. This is a coordinated effort, along with city Peace Officers, to address this problematic trend, and to send a strong message to those who continue to place other citizens at risk,&rdquo; explained Sgt. Bates. <br /> <span style="color: black;"><br /> </span>Project TENSOR will focus its resources on &ldquo;hot spots&rdquo; and other areas across the city including:</span></p> <ul> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;"> 97 Avenue from James McDonald Bridge to 109 Street (Legislature Tunnel) </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">109 Street from 97 Avenue north to Jasper Avenue </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Jasper Avenue from 95 Street up to 116 Street </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Whyte Avenue, from 99 Street to 109 Street </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Groat Road </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">River Valley Road from Groat Road to 105 Street </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">105 Street from River Valley Road to 100 Avenue </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">The High Level Bridge</span></li> </ul> <br /> <p><span style="color: #1f497d;"></span>Project TENSOR will target most traffic offences including but not limited to:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Speeding</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Noise Related Offences</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Stunting</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Helmet Violations</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">General Equipment Violations</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Occupant Restraints</span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Other Hazardous Moving Violations </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Suspended Drivers </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Document Offences and </span></li> <li><span style="color: #1f497d;">Criminal Code Offences (including file numbers) </span></li> </ul> <br /> <p><span style="color: #333333;">As part of Project TENSOR, officers will also be hosting the first of several &ldquo;</span><strong><span style="color: black;">Amnesty Testing Events</span></strong><span style="color: #333333;">&rdquo; for motorcycle riders </span><span style="color: black;">this <strong>Thursday, May 28<sup>th</sup>, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the NAIT South Campus parking lot, 7110 Gateway Boulevard.</strong> <br /> </span><span style="color: #333333;"><br /> Motorcycle owners are invited to have their bikes tested to see if they comply with the noise bylaw. If they don&rsquo;t comply, the owner will be required to update the bike&rsquo;s exhaust to meet noise bylaw standards by a certain date, as determined by the officer. The EPS Traffic Safety Branch will announce additional <strong>Amnesty Testing Events</strong> throughout the summer. </span></p> 27 May 2020 15:25:24 UT Police investigate suspicious death at south-side motel  https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/suspiciousdeathinmotel The Edmonton Police Service is investigating the suspicious death of an individual, whose body was discovered in a south-side motel Sunday evening.&nbsp; <p style="margin-left: 18pt;"><span>Southeast Division patrol members responded to an assault call at a motel near 38 Avenue and Calgary Trail at approximately 8 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2020. <br><br>Upon arrival, officers found a deceased person inside one of the motel suites. <br> <br> Homicide Section has since taken over the investigation. An autopsy has yet to be scheduled. No further information, including the gender of the deceased, is available at this time. <br> <br> Anyone with information about this suspicious death 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 www.p3tips.com/250.</span></p> 25 May 2020 06:19:12 UT Missing senior located https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/missingmaleseniorlocatedMay22 Grant Falkenberg, 76, who was reported missing earlier today, Friday, May 22, 2020, has been located safe and unharmed. <p><span>The EPS would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance.</span></p> 22 May 2020 18:40:00 UT Police seek tips in violent, random assault on elderly woman https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/RandomAssaultMay21 The Edmonton Police Service is seeking witnesses and information about an alleged random assault that occurred in northeast Edmonton last week. <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., police responded to a report of a male suspect who allegedly violently assaulted an 84-year-old female. At approximately 2:45 p.m., the female complainant was reportedly watering the front lawn at a townhome in the area of 134 Avenue and 40 Street when the suspect approached her on foot, punched her in the face and kicked her repeatedly after she fell to the ground. The suspect then immediately fled on foot.</span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>The female was taken to hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries. </span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s or 30s, approximately 5&rsquo;6&rdquo; &ndash; 5&rsquo;9&rdquo; in height, with a large muscular or heavy-set stature. He was wearing a black windbreaker-style jacket, black or very dark blue jeans, white runners and a dark-coloured baseball cap.</span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;"><span>&ldquo;The violent and random nature of this assault against a senior citizen is unusual and troubling,&rdquo; says Det. Sonja Wepruk. &ldquo;We are releasing video of the suspect that was recorded just before the assault occurred in the hopes that it will generate tips to help identify this man.&rdquo;<br /> </span></p> <p style="margin: 2pt 0cm;">&nbsp;</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nEhdzRIa8kY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture"></iframe> 21 May 2020 19:41:02 UT Prolific offenders facing more than 300 drug and stolen property charges  https://www.edmontonpolice.ca:443/News/MediaReleases/prolificoffendersarrested Several prolific offenders are facing 316 charges in connection to a major stolen property and drug trafficking operation in southeast Edmonton.[No text in field] <p style="margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span>Police commenced an investigation into the illegal activities surrounding a rental property near 19 Avenue and Lakewood Road South in mid-April. Investigators eventually identified several suspects of interest residing at that address.<br> <br> On April 30, 2020, <strong>Randi Cramer, 26, </strong>a resident of the Lakewood Road South address, was arrested after conducting several alleged drug transactions from a vehicle near Whyte Avenue. Investigators discovered approximately 10 grams of fentanyl valued at $5,000 on <strong>Cramer, </strong>at the time of her arrest.<br> <br> </span><span style="color: #333333;">On May 8, 2020, investigators arrested another resident of the Lakewood South address, <strong>Robert Richards, 33, </strong>on drug trafficking charges. <strong>Richards </strong>was taken into custody while inside a nearby convenience store on 28 Avenue and Mill Woods Road South. During his arrest, investigators discovered $3,000 in Canadian currency on him, 10 diamond rings valued at more than $17,000 and a .22 caliber pistol. <br> <br> While executing a subsequent search warrant at the Lakewood Road South property, investigators uncovered close to 200 grams of fentanyl with an estimated street value of $25,000, over $16,000 in Canadian currency, thousands of dollars in Canadian counterfeit currency, hundreds of fake and stolen IDs and credit cards, instruments for manufacturing credit cards and government documents, and 26 pairs of new, stolen work boots. <br> <br> A young child was also taken from the residence by trusted family members.&nbsp; The EPS Child at Risk Response Team will be conducting follow up investigations.<br> <br> </span><strong><span>Randi Cramer </span></strong><span>is charged with 76 offences related to <em>stolen property, proceeds of crime, drug trafficking</em> and <em>causing a child to be drug-endangered</em>. <br> <br> </span><strong><span style="color: #333333;">Robert Richards </span></strong><span style="color: #333333;">is charged with 86 offences related to <em>stolen property, possession of a firearm, proceeds of crime, drug trafficking, stolen ID</em> and <em>forging documents</em>. <br> <br> <strong>Matthew Cook, 30, </strong>is charged with 76 offences related to <em>stolen property, drug trafficking, forged documents, making ID documents </em>and<em> possession of stolen credit cards</em>.<br> <br> <strong>Camille Paradis, 35, </strong>is charged with 78 offences related to <em>stolen property, drug trafficking, forced documents, making ID documents, possession of stolen credit cards</em> and <em>breach of existing conditions</em>. </span></p> 21 May 2020 15:55:17 UT