Police say no need to fear trails, despite assault

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A jogger runs along Morinville’s trail system near the ball diamonds in this file photo. It was near this location that a Morinville youth was assaulted early Sunday morning.

by Morinville News Staff

Morinville – Police are looking for three suspects in an attack that took place in Morinville in the early morning hours of May 4 and involved a young runner being assaulted by three males on 107 Street near the Skyline Baseball Diamonds.

Police say a youth was running alone and was surrounded by the three males. The suspects are alleged to have pushed and punched the victim. The suspects then fled the scene, running north along the bike path on 107 Street – north of the Bob Foster Skate Park.

The three suspects, who were unknown to the victim, are described as male, aboriginal youths. One was reported as wearing a red sweater, the other two are said to be wearing t-shirts at the time.

Although the suspects have yet to be apprehended, Corporal Martin Gerard of the Morinville RCMP Detachment said there is no need for the public to fear using Morinville’s trail system. “There are no other related incidents at all,” Gerard said, adding he believed the Sunday morning assault was a one-off situation. “We’re still looking for those individuals as we speak, and any information would be greatly appreciated.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Morinville RCMP at 780-939-4520 or by Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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