Calgary, AB,

Man Arrested in Connection with 1995 Sex Assault

Following a match at the national DNA Data Bank, a man has been charged in relation to a kidnaping and sexual assault case dating back to 1995.

On March 28, 1995, at approximately 5 a.m., a woman in her 50s was working in a restaurant in the 1100 block of Macleod Trail South, when a man forced his way into the closed restaurant and assaulted her. He then forced the woman into her own vehicle parked behind the store, and drove her to the outskirts of the city limits.

The man sexually assaulted the woman before leaving her on the side of the road and fleeing in the woman’s vehicle. The victim managed to make it to a roadway on foot where she flagged down a passing vehicle. The passersby drove her home and called 911.

An extensive investigation took place at the time by the Sex Crimes Unit, however, officers were unable to identify the offender.

Calgary Police Service Sex Crimes Unit investigators continued to work on the case and finally received a match from the DNA Data Bank, linking a man to the evidence collected in 1995. 

As a result of a lengthy investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit, and cooperation from Kingston Police Force, Wayne Howard BERNARD, 53, of Kingston, Ont., was arrested today in Kingston after a standoff with officers. During the incident, BERNARD is alleged to have taken a hostage, before being negotiated out of the home and arrested.

He has been charged with:

  • Commercial break and enter
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual assault with a weapon
  • Kidnapping
  • Threats to kill
  • Robbery 
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle