Update: CCTV released of person of interest in attack in park
Investigative teams are hard at work attempting to identify and locate a suspect wanted in a random attack in the early morning hours this past weekend. Until this suspect is safely taken into custody, District 1 officers continue proactive patrols of the area to increase officer presence when possible.
Investigators have identified several CCTV images of a person of interest related to this case and are seeking public assistance to identify and locate this person.
The person is described as wearing a dark jacket, a light-coloured toque, with a mask, and carrying a green or grey tactical-style backpack. Anyone with information about this person is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
“In addition to proactive patrols of areas of concern, our Community Resource Officers work with downtown community residents and businesses to address safety concerns and provide proactive safety strategies. This can be through Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or working with business owners to safety plan for staff who might be walking home after late-night closing,” says District 1 Staff Sgt. Greg Cooper.
“Calgary remains a safe city, however, we are a big city with big city challenges and we all need to work together to ensure a vibrant downtown that is safe and welcoming for all. Call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate danger and report any suspicious or concerning events to the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234.”
Ongoing investigation into attack in park
Officers from the District 1 Violent Crime Investigative Team (VCIT) are currently investigating an attack on a woman in a downtown park in the early morning hours on Sunday.
"All Calgarians should be able to move around our city any time of the day, in any location without fear of harm. Those who seek to cause harm and fear will be found and held accountable for their actions," says VCIT Sergeant Matt Hinchey.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., on Sunday, March 27, 2022, a woman was walking from Prince’s Island Park along the Bow River pathway when she was grabbed from behind by a yet-to-be identified person. The suspect allegedly held a knife and attempted to drag the woman towards the river. The victim fought back and managed to flee, reaching the assistance of a nearby security guard who called police.
Officers are currently sourcing CCTV for a photo and description of the suspect, whose gender remains unconfirmed at this time. An update will be provided once a description becomes available.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously.