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Edmonton Police warn public to be aware and vigilant after a series of violent carjackings

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The Edmonton Police Service is issuing a warning to citizens to be vigilant of their surroundings following a series of recent carjackings in southeast Edmonton.

On Monday, March 4, 2019, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Southeast Division officers responded to the report of a carjacking that took place in the parking lot of a business in the area of 23 Avenue and 24 Street. It was reported to police that an adult female was exiting her vehicle in the parking lot when she was approached by two male suspects who demanded the keys to her black 2016 Toyota Rav4. The suspects then allegedly choked the female and threatened her with a knife. After receiving the keys, one of the suspects reportedly fled in the female’s Rav4 while the other fled in a black/blue truck or SUV. The female complainant was not injured.

Earlier today, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, police received reports of two additional carjackings in southeast Edmonton involving suspects of a similar description:

  • At approximately 12:55 a.m., an adult male had just parked his white 2013 GMC Acadia on the road in the area of 85 Street and 7 Avenue SW when he was reportedly approached by two males in a black SUV seeking assistance finding an address. The two males then allegedly exited their vehicle and demanded the complainant’s vehicle keys. When the keys were not provided, an altercation reportedly took place and the male complaint suffered minor injuries. The men then allegedly fled the area in the black SUV.
  • At approximately 12:55 p.m., an adult female was reportedly loading items into her red 2019 Kia Sportage in a parking lot in the area of 70 Street and Stanton Dr. SW when she was approached by two males in a black SUV who demanded her vehicle keys. After providing the keys, one of the males allegedly assaulted her and both fled the area with her vehicle and the black SUV. The female complainant suffered minor injuries as a result.

Investigators believe that all three carjackings are linked and may involve the same suspects.  In each incident the suspects were described as males between the ages of 25 and 35, approximately 5’6” to 5’11” in height, with medium skin tone and an average build. One of the suspects was described as having facial scruff.

Officers also believe the suspects may be driving one of the two vehicles stolen (pictured below) and encourage anyone who sees these vehicles or the suspects to not approach them and immediately call police.

 

 

Black 2016 Toyota Rav4
AB license # BVW 0059

 

 

 

 

Red 2019 Kia Sportage (stock photo)
AB license # M58038

 

Detectives continue to actively investigate these incidents and are warning motorists to be aware of their surroundings, in particular when entering and exiting their parked vehicles. Drivers are also advised to look around when approaching their vehicles and, if they notice suspicious activity, change their direction and proceed to a public area. Parking in well-lit, public areas, locking their doors immediately after entering and exiting their vehicles and keeping their doors locked while driving is recommended.

If approached by an unknown person who demands vehicle keys, drivers are advised to always comply and call police as soon as it is safe to do so.

Anyone with information about these crimes 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 www.p3tips.com/250.

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From the Edmonton Police Service

Earlier this year on January 28, 2019, at approximately 9:20 p.m., police responded to a residence in the area of 117 Avenue and 101 Street on the report of a discharged firearm. It was reported that five masked individuals approached a residence and attempted to force their way inside. 

Moments later, a firearm was discharged through the front door of the residence. Fortunately, no one was struck or injured. The suspects then fled the area in an unknown vehicle. 

Investigators are releasing video of the incident in hopes of identifying all suspects involved. Police also believe this was a targeted incident. 

Anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects in the video 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 www.p3tips.com/250.

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UPDATE: ARREST MADE Police issue warning, seek assistance in identifying suspect in Kijiji robberies

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June 20, 2019

Man arrested in cell phone robberies

June 20, 2019

The Edmonton Police Service has arrested a 20-year-old man for an armed robbery series involving cell phones offered for sale on Kijiji.

Between June 8 and June 18, 2019, Northeast Division received four reports of an unknown male suspect who arranged through Kijiji to purchase cell phones from sellers before robbing them of the phones by displaying what appeared to be a handgun in a holster. Following a news release that was issued on June 19, 2019, an additional complainant came forward to report a similar occurrence.

EPS Cyber Crime Investigations Unit members were able to use the Kijiji interactions to trace the suspect, and he was subsequently arrested by the EPS Tactical Unit on the evening of June 19. An airsoft replica handgun was found in his possession at the time of arrest.

Aladeen Kadiry20, was arrested on June 19, 2019 and charged with robbery with a firearm (x5) and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public (x5).

“When we have a series of armed robberies happening, this is something we take very seriously. While we were in the process of warning the public and seeking tips, our Cyber Crime Investigations Unit was also working on trying to identify the suspect, and I’m happy to say we were able to do that.”EPS Detective Calvin Mah.

Police believe there may be additional complainants, and are encouraging them to come forward by calling the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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June 19th, 2019

The Edmonton Police Service is alerting citizens to a reported series of armed robberies involving cellphones offered for sale on Kijiji.

Between June 8 and June 18, Northeast Division received four reports of an unknown male suspect who arranged through Kijiji to purchase cellphones from sellers before robbing them of the phones. The suspect gave the complainants a fake name and phone number, and in two cases, used a female name during their initial interactions over Kijiji. In each case, the suspect arranged to meet the seller at Northtown or Northgate shopping centre or Northgate Transit Centre to conduct the transaction.

It was reported that each time, when the suspect met with the seller, he asked them to unlock the phone and then robbed the seller by showing them what appeared to be a handgun in a holster on his person. In two cases, when the lone female sellers arrived at the meeting location to conduct the transaction, the suspect got into the vehicle with them before committing the robbery.

On each occasion, the suspect walked away on foot after threatening the complainants by saying he had taken a photo of their license plate and knew how to find them. None of the complainants have reported that the suspect ever removed the handgun from the holster.

The suspect is described as a male between 20 and 30 years of age, 5’7” to 5’9” tall with an olive to tan skin tone. He reportedly wears a black baseball cap and carries what appears to be a handgun in a holster.

“We want to remind citizens to use caution when meeting up with strangers. Arrange to meet in a safe, visible and public location, not in your home or vehicle, bring another person with you, tell a family member or friend where and when you are doing the transaction and what time you expect to be finished, and pay attention to your instincts. If something feels off at any point, abandon the sale.”Detective. Calvin Mah, EPS Northeast Division

For more tips to prepare for a safer online buy-and-sell experience, visit the EPS website.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the male suspect 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 www.p3tips.com/250.

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