Calgary, AB,

Further charges laid in Douglasdale homicide

Our homicide investigators have worked tirelessly to identify and arrest multiple individuals involved in the murder of Chad KOWALCHUK, and have now arrested a third man believed to be involved in the homicide.

On Monday, April 18, 2022, a Canada-wide warrant was issued for Robert Wayne SIMS, 30, of Calgary, for first-degree murder. SIMS was subsequently arrested in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., on Wednesday, April 20, by members of the Columbia Valley RCMP of Invermere, B.C., and remains in custody.

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Update #4 – Second arrest in Douglasdale homicide

We have laid first-degree murder charges against a second man in relation to the murder of Chad KOWALCHUK.

On Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at approximately 5 a.m., emergency responders were called for reports of a house fire in the 100 block of Douglas Ridge Green S.E. After the fire was extinguished, a victim was found deceased inside the home, and was later identified as Chad KOWALCHUK.

Our Homicide Unit investigators have arrested and charged a second man believed to be involved in this homicide. Ronald Leon ABRAHAM, 41, of Calgary, was arrested on Thursday, April 7, 2022, and charged with first-degree murder. ABRAHAM remains in custody and will next appear in court on Friday, April 22.

This arrest is in addition to the arrest of Justin Angus BOUCHER, 30, of Calgary, who has been charged with first-degree murder and arson. BOUCHER will next appear in court on Thursday, April 28.

“We continue to examine evidence related to the murder of Chad Kowalchuk and believe there were a number of people attending his residence in the days prior to the fire,” said Staff Sergeant Sean Gregson of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit. “This has been an agonizing loss for Chad’s family and friends, and we are asking anyone who has information, or who knows of people who have information, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information about this homicide and arson investigation is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


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