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Disappearance of woman, toddler treated as potential homicides: Calgary police

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Calgary police say they are treating the disappearance of a woman and her young daughter as potential homicides and that a suspect they have arrested knows the pair.

Jasmine Lovett, 25, and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson were last seen in the suburban community of Cranston in southeast Calgary on the evening of April 16.

They were reported missing a week later, after failing to show up for a family dinner, Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta told a news conference Thursday.

He said it’s uncharacteristic for Lovett to be out of touch with her family for that long.

Investigators looked into the mother’s social media as well as heath care, phone and banking records, he said.

“After conducting all those searches, we have not found any footprints of life and this leads us to believe that there is no evidence to support that our victims are alive.”

An online purchase was made from Lovett’s bank account on April 18, but Schiavetta said officers have been unable to determine whether she was the one who made it or where the item was delivered.

Police have been in touch with Aliyah’s biological father, who is not the suspect, and he is being co-operative, Schiavetta said.

The incident is not believed to be random.

Schiavetta said the suspect was arrested in Cranston around 11 a.m. Thursday and knows the mother and daughter, but he would not say how.

The suspect is also known to police, he added. No charges have been laid.

A vehicle was seized in Cranston, but Schiavetta did not say whose it was or provide the make and model.

He added that the only time police were called to Lovett’s home was the day after she and her daughter were reported missing. He declined to say whether anything inside the home was amiss.

No Amber Alert was issued for Aliyah, he said, because there was no indication she had been abducted.

Investigators are searching a home in Cranston and the area surrounding the hamlet of Bragg Creek, located west of the city, for evidence.

Schiavetta said Lovett and Aliyah have no known connection to Bragg Creek, but that cellphone activity drew them to that location in the Rocky Mountain foothills.

People in Bragg Creek have been asked to report anything suspicious they may have seen between April 16 and April 23.

“Sometimes it’s the smallest piece of evidence that can assist the investigation,” Schiavetta said.

He said many investigators working on this case also worked on the high-profile double murder of a Calgary mother and young girl in 2016. A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her five-year-old daughter Taliyah Marsman.

“Obviously any investigation involving a child is extremely difficult. A lot of the members within the homicide unit have children themselves.”

— With files from Bill Graveland.

Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press


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Woman asked for money at knife point in her own home

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from Edmonton Police Service

Police asking public for help identifying break and enter suspect

13-Aug-2019

The Edmonton Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance identifying a suspect involved in a recent break and enter in central Edmonton.

At approximately 6:20 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 Downtown Division officers responded to the report of a break and enter at a multi-unit residence in the area of 117 Street and 100 Avenue.  It was reported to police that a female was sleeping in her suite when she was awakened by a noise. When she arose to investigate, she reportedly encountered an unknown male who produced a knife and demanded money. The female reported telling the male that she had no money and when the male wasn’t looking, ran from her suite and called police. The male then allegedly left her suite and fled the area on foot with some of her belongings.

The female did not report any injuries.

Investigators are releasing security camera images of a male they believe may be the suspect in hopes that someone may recognize him.

 

 

 

 

 

The suspect is described as an Indigenous male in his mid-20s, approximately six feet tall with black gelled spikey hair. He was reportedly wearing black jeans and a blue vest with patches and left behind a black BMX bicycle.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.p3tips.com/250.

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Drugs, Cash, Guns, worth more than half million seized in search of two Edmonton homes

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From Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Drugs, Guns, Cash Seized During Edmonton Search

Three stolen handguns and more than $560,000 worth of drugs and cash have been seized after ALERT searched two Edmonton homes.

ALERT’s Edmonton organized crime and gang team made the seizures and arrested two people after searching homes in the Hamptons and Crystallina Nera neighbourhoods. Edmonton Police Service and RCMP provided assistance when the search warrants were executed on July 17, 2019.

The search warrants were executed as part of a short-term drug trafficking investigation that began in May 2019. In addition to an assortment of drugs and cash, three stolen handguns were recovered.

Two of the handguns were loaded and one was equipped with a suppressor. The handguns had been previously reported stolen from Mayerthorpe, Strathcona County, and Grande Prairie. The firearms will be the subject of forensic examination and ballistics testing to determine if they were used in any other crimes.

“We’re proud of the significant results this investigation yielded in a relatively short period of time,” said Insp. Marc Cochlin, ALERT Edmonton. “Getting these weapons and drugs off the street will go a long way toward making our communities safer.”

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of more than $400,000 and include:

  • 2.4 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 25 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 1 kilogram of methamphetamine;
  • 305 grams of MDMA;
  • 4 kilograms of dried cannabis, along with cannabis resin, oils, and edibles; and
  • over 350 assorted packages of illicit steroids.

More than $166,000 in cash proceeds of crime was also seized.

Two people were arrested. Cody Hilton, 32, and Connie Liu, 53, have been charged with a total of 40 criminal offences, including: possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking; possession of cannabis for the distribution; possession of property obtained by crime; and numerous firearms-related offences.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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