Calgary, AB,

Teen charged in assault

One teen has been charged in relation to an assault that occurred in the parking lot of the Calgary Zoo yesterday.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023, we responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a person swinging a machete at people and vehicles in the north parking lot of the Calgary Zoo, located at 84 St. George’s Dr. N.E.

One person sustained minor injuries and multiple vehicles were damaged in what are believed to be random attacks. Upon arrival, police located a suspect and arrested him on the Memorial Drive bridge. It is believed the suspect was intoxicated by drugs and alcohol at the time of the incident.

The suspect, 17, has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of mischief to property and three counts of breach of release conditions. He cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The suspect will next appear in court on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024.

“We are grateful to the several bystanders who called 911 so this violent incident could be resolved quickly and without significant injury to members of the public,” says Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service. “It is always a concern when incidents like this occur in public spaces and threaten the safety of people who are out to enjoy the day with their families. We continue to work with our partners across Calgary to ensure the safety of public spaces and apprehend violent offenders so they can be held accountable for their actions.”

We recognize that yesterday’s incident has impacted the community and want to ensure those impacted are connected with support.

Our Victim Assistance Support Team (VAST) is a free service that provides support, resources and information to victims of crime and tragedy. VAST can be reached at 403-428-8398, or toll-free at 1-888-327-7828.

More information is available at

Anyone with information about this incident 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
APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA23550853/5656