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Red Deer RCMP charge man with Sexual Assault

November 29, 2018 12:25 PM

Red Deer, AltaOn November 29, 2018, Red Deer RCMP charged 41-year-old Daniel Leonard of Red Deer with Sexual Assault and other offences. In recent months, Red Deer RCMP have been investigating several complaints of sexual related offences throughout the city. 

On October 18, 2018, Red Deer RCMP asked for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect after two separate incidents. Several other incidents were reported in November, and police continued to actively investigate. 

On November 28, Red Deer RCMP responded to a complaint in the downtown, which led to the arrest of Leonard.  

Leonard is in custody and has been charged with 10 Criminal Code offences, including:

  • Sexual assault (x2)
  • Fail to comply with a probation order (x3)
  • Fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking (x2)
  • Indecent act (x3)

Leonard is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on December 5, 2018.  

RCMP have not established whether all prior reported offences are linked to Leonard.  The investigation is ongoing in order to determine whether they are linked. 

Red Deer RCMP is continuing to investigate and is asking for the public's assistance for any information in relation to these incidents. Please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 if you have any information or believe you are a victim. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store."

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Media Contact:

Inspector Dean LaGrange
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

 

BACKGROUND:

October 18, 2018

Red Deer RCMP ask for assistance to ID suspect in indecent acts

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are asking for public assistance to identify a man believed to be responsible for two indecent acts in the city over the span of several days. The suspect exposed himself to a woman and made sexual comments to her at approximately 8:25 pm on October 12 at the intersection of 39 Street and 40 Avenue as the woman waited for a bus. When the woman yelled at him and took out her cell phone to call police, he left; the suspect was last seen walking behind the gas station on 39 Street.  

RCMP conducted patrols searching for the suspect but did not locate him. RCMP continue to investigate and to check business surveillance cameras in the area. Police are asking residents in the area who have security cameras to check their footage between 8:00 and 8:45 pm on October 12, to see if they captured images of the suspect. The woman worked with a police composite sketch artist to develop the attached drawing of the suspect. 

The suspect is described as:

  • Asian or middle eastern male
  • Approximately 40 – 45 years old
  • Average height
  • Short dark hair, facial stubble
  • Brown eyes
  • Wearing a light grey hoodie, dark grey pants and a dark grey toque
  • Speaking with no noticeable accent

RCMP received a second report of an indecent act on October 15, two days after a woman running through Rotary Park the morning of October 13 encountered a man of similar general description. In this incident, the man was pushing and riding a mountain bike through the trail system and circled back to encounter the woman a second time. At that point, he touched her inappropriately. When the woman yelled at him, he biked away. 

At this point, RCMP believe the incidents likely involved the same suspect, and are asking for public assistance to identify him. Neither woman was injured during these incidents, and RCMP commend both women for immediately yelling and creating scenes that would potentially attract the attention of bystanders. 

If you have information about these crimes, please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at P3Tips.com. If your information leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000. 

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Media contact:

Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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