Young offender charged with aggravated sexual assault

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 17-year-old male in connection with a violent sexual assault during the early morning hours Sunday.

On May 3, 2015 at approximately 4:53 a.m. police responded to a report that a female had been sexually assaulted and seriously injured at a residence along the 2100 block of Palm Road South.

Investigation determined that at around 4:30 a.m. a 45-year-old woman was asleep at a family member’s home when a male entered the residence through a patio door and began sexually assaulting her. The male subsequently dragged the victim outside where he continued to sexually assault her and then cut her throat before fleeing the scene. The victim was transported to hospital where she required immediate surgery. She remains in hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The subject, who is an acquaintance of the victim’s family, was identified and located by police a short time later.

A 17-year-old male, who cannot be identified, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement, break, enter and commit sexual assault and uttering threats. He was remanded to appear in court this morning.

There is no connection between this crime and the recent triple homicide.

**Staff Sgt. Scott Woods of the Criminal Investigation Section will be available for media interviews today at 1 p.m. at the police station. This will be the only opportunity for on-camera interviews**