Calgary, AB,
06
January
2024
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15:48
America/Denver

Two youth charged after altercation at YMCA

We have charged two teenage boys in relation to an altercation that occurred yesterday at a southeast recreational facility.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024, we responded to reports of a disturbance at Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton, located at 4995 Market St. S.E.

It is believed that two boys entered the fitness centre through an emergency exit and started a fight with another youth who was inside the facility, before fleeing the building. No injuries were reported from the victim or other patrons of the facility.

Officers responded quickly to the incident, located the suspects a short distance away from the facility and took them into custody. One of the boys was located with an imitation firearm. During the arrest, the other boy caused a minor injury to an officer that did not require medical attention. The staff of the YMCA locked down the facility to ensure the safety of all patrons, and police helped to clear the building.

As a result of this incident, one boy, 13, has been charged with:

  • One count of assault
  • One count of mischief
  • One count of possession of a dangerous weapon

The second boy, 14, has been charged with:

  • One count of assault
  • One count of assault against a peace officer
  • One count of resisting arrest by a peace officer
  • One count of uttering threats
  • One count of uttering threats to a peace officer
  • One count of disguise in the commission of an offence
  • One count of mischief

The suspects cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. They will next appear in court on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.

“It’s very concerning to see this kind of violent behaviour in a public place, from people so young,” says Supt. Joe Brar of the Calgary Police Service. “But the quick actions of our officers and the staff at the YMCA allowed the situation to be resolved quickly to ensure there was no danger or injury to members of the public. We continue to work with our partners to ensure the safety of public spaces in our community.”

We recognize this incident may have had an impact on the community and patrons of the YMCA and we want to ensure they are connected with support.

The Calgary Police Service 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 https://www.calgary.ca/cps/community-programs-and-resources/victims-of-crime/victim-assistance-support-team.html

We continue to encourage Calgarians to stay vigilant in their communities and report any suspicious behaviour or incidents of crime to police by calling 403-266-1234, or 911 for crimes in progress. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477
TYPE: www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA24006768/5842