EPS: Man reported wielding handgun in Riverbend-area
Published Monday, June 25, 2012 6:24PM MDT
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Edmonton Police have issued a warning to Riverbend-area residents, after a man was reported to be brandishing a handgun in the area.
Police said two reports came in over the weekend; the first report came in on Friday, June 22 at about 4 pm in a parking lot near the Snow Valley ski resort, located south of Whitemud Drive at 119 Street.
A group of cyclists reported seeing a male carrying what looked like a handgun, which he tucked into his waistband when the cyclists came closer – he was last seen running eastbound, towards 119 Street.
The second incident was reported on Saturday, at about 7 pm.
A resident walking with their child across the Terwillegar Drive footbridge, located south of 23 Avenue, reported a male flashed what appeared to be a handgun at them, before fleeing towards the St. Thomas More Church, located at 210 Haddow Close.
The male in both cases was described as:
- Between 172 cm (5'8") and 178 cm (5'10") in height
- Covering his face with a dark balaclava or ski mask
- Wearing black clothing
Investigators believe the incidents are related, and are warning residents in the Riverbend-area to not approach the person, but to contact police immediately.
Anyone who sees a person matching the person's description is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).