Police investigating "random" assault in Calgary park

Feb 18 2020, 1:32 pm

Calgary police are investigating what they believe was a “random” assault in Fish Creek Park over the weekend.

According to law enforcement, the incident took place some time between 10:15 am and 10:40 am on Saturday, February 15, when a man in his 50s was walking on a trail in the park – just east of MacLeod Trail SE, on the south bank of the creek, south of Canyon Meadows Drive SE.

While making his way along the trail, the victim was reportedly struck from behind by an unknown man.

“The suspect fled the scene after taking personal items belonging to the victim,” police said. “The victim was taken to hospital in serious condition.”

Police said the suspect is described as a man between 40 and 50 years old, with brown skin, black hair, and a medium build. He was wearing a black top with white dots and black pants at the time of the incident.

Calgary Police Staff Sgt. Jeff MacQueen called the “random nature” of the act “extremely” concerning, especially given the fact it’s one of two seemingly random attacks to occur over the weekend.

On Saturday evening, a 15-year-old boy was walking with his mother and their dog in Braeside on Saturday evening when they encountered a “man they didn’t know,” police said.

An altercation took place, and the suspect allegedly stabbed the boy. He was taken to hospital in serious condition.

“At this time, there is no information to believe the incidents are related, however we continue to ask the public to come forward with information,” said MacQueen. “We have spoken to several witnesses and reviewed CCTV from the area, however are still seeking assistance from the public.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-266-1234. Those who wish to leave an anonymous tip can do by contacting Calgary Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or by leaving a tip online.