Cops say group of men used ruse to lure victims
Calgary cops have identified the woman killed in Wednesday morning’s stabbing spree, but still have few clues as to why five people were randomly attacked or who the men were who knifed them.
Forty-four-year-old Jacqueline Clara Crazybull was the first of five people stabbed during the hour-long rampage between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. She died after being attacked at 17 Ave. and 11 St. S.W.
Witnesses described seeing three or four black males between the ages of 20 and 30 at all of the crime scenes.
About a dozen officers from different districts are now working the cases and Staff Sgt. Patty McCallum said yesterday police are following numerous tips and leads as they continue to hunt for the killers.
“Why were they selected or were they selected because they happened to be there? That’s a puzzle,” McCallum said.
All the victims, except one, were stabbed just once in an area of their bodies police refused to reveal. The last victim was stabbed numerous times, but suffered non life-threatening injuries.
There was no connection between the victims and all were of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. All but one have been released from hospital.
McCallum said she believes the attackers did not intend for their victims to die, as each was approached before the attacks and engaged in conversation with the suspects.
“There was a dialogue — a ruse by the perpetrators to engage the victims in conversation to bring them closer and then assault them,” McCallum said. “We think it was a crime of opportunity.”
Police are looking for three to four black males who, at the time of the attacks, were driving a silver or beige newer model sedan.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).