The 19-year-old man who was stabbed and seriously injured in an attack at an Edmonton LRT platform earlier this week is recovering well from his injuries, his family said in a statement.
The victim, who has not been identified, was stabbed numerous times in what police called an “unprovoked” attack Tuesday morning at the South Campus LRT station. He was stabbed in the chest at around 7:40 a.m. by another man while waiting for the train.
In a statement issued by Alberta Health Services, the victim’s family said they are grateful for everyone who helped him in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude and thanks to the bystanders who did all they could to help our son immediately after the incident. We will be forever grateful for their bravery, and for the assistance they provided our son,” the statement said.
The family also thanked EMS, the Edmonton Police Service and the physicians and staff at the hospital where the victim remains in recovery.
“Our son is in a stable condition in hospital, and is recovering well from his injuries.”
Attempted murder charge laid
Mario Bigchild, 24, has been charged with attempted murder in relation to the stabbing.
He has also been charged with assaulting a peace officer, disarming a peace officer, escaping lawful custody, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts of robbery related to several other incidents that occurred the same morning.
About 20 minutes after the attack, police were called to a robbery at a Petro-Canada near 57th Avenue and 111th Street.
A man walked into the shop, assaulted an employee and stole merchandise, police said.
Outside in the parking lot, the suspect stole a woman’s Cadillac and drove away.
Police used an electronic vehicle monitoring system to track the stolen Cadillac, and found it parked near 179th Street and 106A Avenue in west Edmonton.
Around 8:30 a.m., officers arrested Bigchild nearby.
Bigchild made his first court appearance Thursday via closed-circuit television from the medical unit at the Edmonton Remand Centre.
The court was told Bigchild has no previous criminal record. He has been denied bail.
He was told to connect with Legal Aid Alberta to obtain a lawyer, and is scheduled to next appear in court on Oct. 4.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.