Man held in ‘horrific’ assaults on women at businesses
A Calgary man faces a raft of charges — including attempted murder — in connection with two “horrific and violent” assaults on women at a Macleod Trail business plaza.
The attacks occurred one after another at two different businesses located at a plaza on Macleod Trail near Southland Drive around 8:40 a.m. Saturday.
Officers were first called to the scene for reports of an armed man. When they arrived, they found a woman who had been assaulted.
Police say the woman had been punched, causing her to collapse before her alleged attacker fled the scene.
But the attacker didn’t go far, police said. He proceeded across the parking lot to another business where he waited until he was alone with a female staff member before allegedly attacking the woman physically and sexually.
The woman’s screams attracted the attention of people nearby who flagged down some paramedics in the area on an unrelated call.
The paramedics arrived to discover a woman in severe distress.
The suspect remained at the scene and was arrested without incident by police who were nearby responding to the first attack.
At a press conference Monday, Staff Sgt. Bruce Walker of the CPS sex crimes unit said investigators have no information about why the attacker chose the location or the victims.
Walker said the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART) and the Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) are working with the second victim.
“This was a very horrific and violent attack; given what she’s been through, she’s displayed a lot of courage,” Walker said. “She’s doing as well as can be expected.
“This was a random attack and it’s very concerning for us, as a police service, and to the community.”
Bogdan Radulescu, 32, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault, uttering threats, choking to overcome, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Radulescu will appear in court on Oct. 31. He was charged earlier this year in connection with a vehicle theft in Sault Ste. Marie. Police there believe he took a vehicle on Feb. 19 that was left outside a business with the keys in the ignition.