Between January and the beginning of April 2019, a total of 11 violent swarming incidents have been reported to police involving the same group of suspects. In each incident, the same group of suspects has swarmed unsuspecting teen complainants, subjecting them to personal robberies and assaults.
Investigators believe the group is comprised of several black male youths under the age of 18, who have committed random criminal acts, including robberies with offensive weapons, personal robberies and assaults. In one of the incidents, a teen male complainant sustained a life-altering injury after being shot with an air soft pistol in the face.
Police are also investigating another 20 incidents of personal robberies and assaults that have taken place in and around the Clareview Recreation Centre throughout 2019. In these incidents, however, only one suspect and one complainant were involved – not multiple suspects.In all of these incidents, suspects have targeted teen complainants stealing cell phones, head phones, wallets, purses and brand name clothing items.
Police have increased patrols throughout the area, and continue to work with its partners, including the City of Edmonton and Alberta Justice to investigate the series of incidents.
Anyone with information regarding the youths responsible for the 11 swarming incidents and/or any of the single suspect personal robbery incidents inside or outside of the Clareview Recreation Centre 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.
Target Hardening: Protect yourself against personal robbery
While it may not be possible to prevent a personal robbery, there are some ways that you can minimize the risks:
- Pick safe routes to get to your destination
- Plan ahead, and let someone know where you are going and for how long
- If you are walking after dark, take routes that are well lit and are well populated
- If you’re using transit, stand or ride near others – do not isolate yourself
- If you’re driving, avoid parking in an isolated area. Park in a well-lit, highly-visible, high-traffic area
- Scan the surroundings as you walk or approach or leave your vehicle. If possible, walk with another person
- If you’re carrying small personal electronics, like an iPod, conceal it under your clothes. These are targets for would-be thieves who can easily sell or exchange the device.
- Keep your keys ready when walking to your vehicle or home, so that you can get in to your vehicle or home promptly
- Lock the doors of your vehicle while you are inside.
- Keep your vehicle in good working condition, especially in winter months, to reduce the chance of breaking down and stopping
- Call out for help in an emergency, and carry a cell phone with you
- Report a personal robbery, or any suspicious persons, vehicles or activities to police as soon as possible
- Please remember that your personal safety is more valuable than your vehicle or other personal belongings.
Additional general safety tips for you and your family can be found on the Edmonton Police Service website at:
Province setting up Alberta Parole Board to decide on early release for sentences less than two years
From the Province of Alberta
Protecting Albertans from repeat offenders
Alberta’s government is introducing legislation to create an Alberta Parole Board to ensure our province has a fairer, faster and more responsive justice system that reflects the values of Albertans and meets the needs of our communities.
If passed, Bill 18, the Corrections (Alberta Parole Board) Amendment Act, would create the Alberta Parole Board. A provincial parole board would better protect Albertans, their loved ones and their property from repeat offenders, including parolees. The government is fulfilling a commitment to Albertans to better hold criminals responsible to protect public safety.
“Albertans expect, and deserve, a faster, fairer and more responsive justice system that holds criminals responsible. Our government’s platform committed that we would ensure repeat offenders, including parolees, are not able to re-victimize them. This is an important part of getting a fair deal for Alberta, and of getting more Alberta and less Ottawa.”
“Our government has heard loud and clear that Albertans want us to do everything we can to protect them, keep our communities safe and prevent people from being victimized. By creating an Alberta Parole Board, Alberta is taking control of a key component of the administration of justice in this province. It will help end the ‘revolving door’ justice system and will be more in touch with the current realities facing law-abiding Albertans who are frustrated with a justice system that does not make them feel secure and protected.”
“RMA has consistently expressed concerns regarding the impacts that repeat offenders have on police services and the justice system in rural Alberta. The creation of the Alberta Parole Board is intended to offer solutions to the current ‘catch and release’ system, contributing to increased safety for our rural communities through responsive oversight.”
The Alberta Parole Board would determine parole or early release eligibility for those serving sentences in provincial correctional facilities, which are sentences less than two years. Currently, Alberta contracts with the federal government to have the Parole Board of Canada make these determinations.
The Alberta Parole Board would also supervise provincial parolees through:
- Community probation officers, with localized knowledge and ties to the community in which they work, who will closely monitor offenders released on parole from provincial correctional facilities.
- Provincial correctional centre caseworkers and probation officers who will continue to do much of the same work for the Alberta Parole Board that they already do for the federal parole board.
If passed, the government plans to have the Alberta Parole Board in place and operating starting Jan. 1, 2021.
- The Government of Alberta will appoint Alberta Parole Board members for provincial parole decisions.
- Alberta would be joining Ontario and Quebec, which have had their own provincial parole boards since 1978. As with the Alberta plan, their boards make parole decisions for applicants serving a sentence of less than two years in provincial correctional facilities.
EPS officer charged
An Edmonton Police Service (EPS) member was charged on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in relation to seven incidents that occurred between January 4 and May 22, 2020.
Const. Celia Frattin, a 16-year member with the EPS, was charged with four counts of theft under $5,000 pursuant to Sec. 334(b) of the Criminal Code and three counts of fraud pursuant to Sec. 380(1) of the Criminal Code.
It is alleged that while off duty, the constable stole various items from two different grocery/retail stores on seven different occasions. In some of the instances, it is alleged that items were fraudulently scanned in self checkouts.
The constable has been relieved from duty with pay.
The charges follow an in-depth investigation by the EPS Professional Standards Branch.
As the matter is currently before the courts, the EPS is not able to provide further comment or information about the incidents or investigation.
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