2 chil­dren found dead, man in cus­tody

Re­port of woman be­ing as­saulted even­tu­ally leads to bod­ies be­ing dis­cov­ered

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - Hamdi Is­sawi and Claire Theobald IS­SAWI/STARMETRO

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-


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.

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