Police ask Calgary group to hold off its probe into stabbing rampage
krista sylvester/metro calgary
City cops have clipped the wings of the Guardian Angels — at least for now — by opposing the group’s own investigation into a spate of city stabbings.
Members of Calgary’s Guardian Angels chapter had planned to begin handing out flyers last night with descriptions of the men wanted in the murder of a Calgary woman, but were asked to hold off by city cops.
Police still have no suspects in the July 11 early morning stabbing spree that saw five people randomly knifed — one of them fatally — by suspects they describe as three or four black males aged 20 to 30 who were riding in a beige, newer model sedan.
Insp. Bob Couture said the Guardian Angels hadn’t communicated their plans to police and feared their actions might compromise police work in the case.
“There was no communication or knowledge on our end about what the Guardian Angels were planning. It puts us in an awkward position because it could potentially lead to complications and possibly a failure of our investigation,” Couture said.
Though local Guardian Angels’ members decided to hold back on flogging the flyers, they will continue to patrol the area and gather information, said Steven Saretsky.
“We wanted to put flyers out looking for information, but after speaking with the police we decided mutually it would be best if we held off on that for now,” Saretsky told Metro.
“We’ll certainly still be patrolling the areas and help by being an extra eyes and ears for the police.”
One area resident, who didn’t want her name used, said she welcomed the Angels to the area, which she says is a 10-block radius of “drug dealers and criminal behaviour.”