Calgary, AB,

Update: Attack suspect arrested by Cochrane RCMP

Last week, we asked our media partners and the public to help us locate a suspect wanted for two random assaults that occurred at St. Mary’s University.

Over the weekend, Cochrane RCMP located and arrested the suspect in Cochrane.

Cory Carl SZABO, 38, of Calgary remains in custody, with charges pending.

SZABO will appear in court tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

We would like to thank our law enforcement partners, the RCMP, the media and our citizens for their assistance in locating SZABO.


Original Release Below

Calgary Police seek public assistance to locate attack suspect

We are asking the public for assistance to locate a Calgary man wanted for assault in connection with two random assaults that occurred in the southeast.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at approximately 7:40 p.m., an employee at St. Mary’s University was randomly attacked by an unknown man.

We believe the suspect initially entered the school at approximately 7:00 p.m. and was questioned by the employee as to why he was there. The suspect claimed he was attending a meeting set to take place at the university that evening.

After speaking with the victim, our investigators believe the suspect exited the university and later gained re-entry when the employee opened a door leading outside. The attacker allegedly pushed the victim to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked the victim. He then exited through the door and fled the area.

The victim sustained cuts to his face and elbow, and suffered bruising on his back. The victim called police immediately.

After reviewing CCTV footage of the attack, police believe the suspect is also responsible for a random tire slashing incident that took place at the university, on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at approximately 9:50 p.m. in the school parking lot.

We believe both of these attacks to be random and unprovoked. At this time, it is not believed this incident is connected to the random attack that occurred at Fish Creek Park. It is unknown if there is a connection to the random attack in an off-leash dog park in the community of Braeside.

Cory Carl SZABO, 38, of Calgary, is charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with this incident.

SZABO is described as a Caucasian male, 30-40 years old, 5'6" to 5'9" tall, clean shaven, with a medium build, wearing an orange toque, blue jacket, a blue backpack, black Adidas pants with three vertical stripes down each leg and beige boots.

St. Mary’s University has worked closely with police throughout the investigation and remains dedicated to helping investigators further their investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents, or who may have information about the suspect is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


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