Calgary, AB,

Attempted murder charges following double stabbing

A man has been charged in relation to a double stabbing that took place yesterday.

A woman and her child were walking in a green space near the 100 block of Bearberry Crescent N.W., at approximately 7 p.m., yesterday, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, when they were approached from behind by the suspect.

Residents in the area heard calls for help from inside their homes, some witnessing the attack. Multiple calls were made to 9-1-1. A witness approached the scene where the suspect remained for a short while before fleeing. The victims were supported by citizens before first responders arrived on scene.

Officers arrived on scene to find the mother and child suffering from multiple stab wounds. They were transported to hospital in critical condition where they remain, and have since been upgraded to serious but stable condition.

The suspect was located in an adjacent green space a short while later and was taken into custody. 

Patrol members contained the scene and spoke to multiple witnesses. The Victim Assistance Support Team has been working with the victims as well as witnesses. 

An extensive search of the area by the Crime Scenes Unit and patrol members was conducted last night. Members from the Canine and Tactical Units were also part of the response. A weapon has been retrieved.

John Garang Luka YAG, 20, of Calgary has been charged with two counts of attempted murder. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017.

Although the attack was random, it is believed the suspect's presence in the neighbourhood was not random, as he was visiting a home in the area. The Calgary Police Service would like to assure citizens in the area that they do not believe anyone is in further danger. 

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank citizens that provided assistance to the victims; their fast action and willingness to assist, played a vital role in ensuring the survival of the mother and child. Thank you to EMS and Calgary Fire Department personnel who were on scene.

The Centralized General Investigations Unit would like any additional witnesses or anyhow who may know about events that led up to this incident to call the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Anonymous tips can be left through Crime Stoppers:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


Case: #17429784/4568