Man sent to hospital after home invasion in Airdrie
Airdrie RCMP is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying a pair of suspects who broke into an Airdrie home on Oct. 24.
At 2 a.m. members of the Airdrie RCMP were dispatched to a report of a home invasion in the city. The homeowner was awakened by noise at the back door of his residence. When he approached the door and unlocked it, he was confronted by two men.
The two men pushed their way into the residence and, according to RCMP, a struggle ensued. The suspects then fled out the back door. The homeowner was taken to hospital in Calgary for minor injuries and later released.
Police are treating this incident as a random occurrence and say it is not believed to be related to the recent string of break and enters into Airdrie homes.
“This is the first instance like this where the suspects actually forced their way into the home and rushed the homeowner,” said RCMP Cst. Jennifer Morin.
As a precaution, as the investigation is ongoing, Airdrie RCMP are not releasing the name of the homeowner or the neighbourhood in which this incident occurred.
One of the suspects is described as a First Nations man, approximately 6’4” with a heavy build and a mullet-style haircut. The second suspect is described as approximately 5’6” with an average build, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a toque with the letter O on it with writing in the middle. Both suspects appeared to be in their early 20s, according to police.
RCMP is advising residents to take care when answering their doors late at night. “Make sure you look out a window before answering your door and if the person is attempting to gain entry to your houses, call the police,” said Morin.
The first snowfall of the season on Oct. 27 and 28 has prompted the Alberta Integrated Traffic Services (ITS) to release a reminder to Albertans to remain safe when driving this winter.
Superintendant Howard Eaton, officer in charge of “K” Division Traffic Services, took the opportunity to offer tips for drivers in a press release.
“Some drivers (were) unprepared for the annual transition from the dry pavement of summer to winter driving conditions that can include, snow and slush covered highways, black ice and blizzards,” said Eaton. “This first snowfall is a reminder and an opportunity to get prepared for winter driving.”
Last weekend there were minor accidents on Highway 2 near Airdrie, according to ITU Cpl. Darrin Turnbull.
“We had a few cars slide in to the ditch, but no collisions that were serious in nature; there were no injuries or anything,” said Turnbull.
Police are advising drivers to keep an emergency roadside kit in their vehicle at all times with items like a sleeping bag, extra clothing, non-perishable food, a flashlight, ice scraper, shovel, booster cables, sand, and to ensure that their cell phone battery is charged.
If you have any information on an unsolved crime, you can contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.