Police charge five people in connection with stabbing of teen

Lethbridge Police have charged five people – including three young offenders – in connection with an incident last week where a 16-year-old male was swarmed and assaulted.

On December 5, 2019 at approximately a 11:30 p.m. a citizen heard a commotion in the alley along the 200 block of Mayor Magrath Drive North and observed a group of people running away. The citizen heard someone call for help and after going outside to check, called 911 upon locating a young male who had been stabbed. Police and EMS attended and the victim was transported to hospital. He was later transferred to Calgary for treatment of serious injuries.

Through further investigation an 18-year-old female was identified as a person of interest. Police also obtained video surveillance of the assault. During the early morning hours police attended the female’s home and located multiple people inside. Eight occupants, including three additional people who arrived in a vehicle, were arrested.

Investigation determined that earlier in the evening the 16-year-old victim had made arrangements to meet an 18-year-old female. Unbeknownst to the victim, the female made plans for a group of her friends to accompany her and confront him. The female led the male down the alley past where the group was hiding and they subsequently came up from behind and assaulted him.  The victim was punched, kicked and ultimately stabbed multiple times before the assailants fled the area.

On December 6, 2019 police obtained and executed a search warrant at the home and located evidence of the offence, including the knife that is believed to have been used in the attack. In addition, police also recovered a stolen vehicle.

The victim  remains in hospital with significant injuries, but his condition is stable.

Trinity Savard, 18, of Lethbridge, is charged with aggravated assault. Following a Judicial Interim Release (JIR) hearing, Savard was released on a recognizance by a Justice of the Peace to appear in court Jan. 7.

Alexander Roxby Strya, 19, of Lethbridge is charged with aggravated assault and theft of a vehicle. Following a JIR hearing, Strya was remanded in custody to appear in court Dec. 9.

A 16-year-old male, who cannot be named, is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. Following a JIR hearing, the accused was released on a recognizance by a Justice of the Peace to appear in youth court Jan. 8.

A 16-year-old male, who cannot be named, is charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Following a JIR hearing, the accused was released on a recognizance by a Justice of the Peace to appear in youth court Jan. 8.

A 17-year-old male, who cannot be named, is charged with possession of stolen property (vehicle). The accused was released on a Promise to Appear in youth court Jan. 8.

MEDIA AVAILABLITY: Media who would like an interview in relation to this matter, are invited to attend the station at 11 a.m. A/Insp. Pete Christos will be available for interviews at that time. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews.