2 children found dead, man in custody
Report of woman being assaulted eventually leads to bodies being discovered
EDMONTON—Allen Manor in southeast Edmonton was wrapped in police tape Thursday night as investigators looked for clues at the scene where two children were found dead in an apartment.
“It makes me sick to my stomach,” said Cristian Tobar, 41, who lives one floor up from the suite where the children were found.
“You see this stuff in the movies or on TV and you hope it never happens close to you,” Tobar said.
According to Edmonton police, officers were called to a report of an assault on a woman near 79 Ave. and 71 St. around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
When they arrived, officers found a woman with serious injuries.
Three hours later, police responded to a report of a man acting strangely at a brokenin garage at 73 St. and 80 Ave.
Investigators later connected the two incidents and identified the man reported for his erratic behaviour as a suspect in the earlier assault.
The man was arrested and remains in custody.
As their investigation con-
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An apartment building on 79 Ave. and 71 St. was the scene of an investigation that had Edmonton Police Service’s Forensics Unit on site.HAMDI
tinued, police returned to an apartment suite at 79 Ave. and 71 St., where they found two dead children.
Homicide detectives have taken over the investigation.
Tobar said he recalls seeing two women, who he believed may have been a mother and daughter, living in that apartment with a little girl. He says he never saw a second child.
“The little girl was adorable,” Tobar said, adding he would see her playing outside
while he worked on his truck.
Tobar said he heard yelling around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, but said hearing loud arguing from that unit had become somewhat routine since the family moved in a few months ago.
“Everybody heard the yelling. I’m sure even on the top floor they heard the yelling,” Tobar said. “The girl was going, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ ”
He said the woman from that apartment came to his
suite around 11 p.m. Tuesday asking for a cigarette, something she did regularly, but nothing seemed odd.
Tobar said he did see a man who would come and go from the apartment.
He said he last saw that man Tuesday evening around 6 p.m. walking around outside with just socks on his feet.
Edmonton police are expected to give an update on the case Friday morning.