Wild night for City’s finest

RCMP deal with alleged machete attacker and crutch-wielding assailant

City RCMP were forced to deal with plenty of end-of-the-month craziness as police were kept busy with a number of assaults, including one machete fight and an attack with crutches.

At about 10:15 p.m. on Aug. 31, a Red Deer city RCMP officer was on routine patrol in the area of the 5300 block of Gaetz Ave. when he stopped to talk to an individual.

A man was then observed running towards the policeman. As the man approached the officer “he uttered his dismay” at seeing Mountie. He then turned and ran in another direction.

A moment later another male came up with a machete in his hand and told the Mountie he had just been assaulted with the machete by the fleeing male.

The 53-year-old victim suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault. The 17-year-old suspect was identified but not located. Police are currently looking for the male, who can not be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The youth faces charges of assault with a weapon.

Six and a half hours later on Sept. 1, Red Deer City RCMP received a complaint of an assault with a weapon from a man who was at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Police said the 20-year-old Red Deer man had been at the Xstatic night club with friends.

During the evening he talked to a man on crutches who was sitting near him in the bar.

The victim left the nightclub sometime between 1:30 and 1:45 a.m. and was walking south on Gaetz Ave. when he met up with the man on crutches.

RCMP said a fight ensued and the victim was punched, kicked, and hit repeatedly with a crutch.

The suspect was with two other men who joined in the assault as well. The victim attended the hospital with multiple non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, about 6 ft. tall, short brown hair with blonde streaks and using crutches.

Police are asking citizens who may have witnessed the assault or have information as to the identity of the suspect to contact Red Deer city RCMP at 403-343-5575.

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