August 26, 2013
Edmonton base jumpers charged
The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has charged three individuals in connection with a BASE jumping incident that took place in the downtown area on the Heritage Day long weekend.
“Through investigation of witness statements, photographs, surveillance camera footage, and a Crime Stoppers tip, officers were able to identify the individuals, and subsequently charge them on Aug. 14, 2013,” said EPS spokesperson Chad Orydzuk in a press release.
“The individuals involved were very cooperative with police and remorseful for their actions. There were no damages to property, and fortunately no one was injured or died as a result.”
A 34-year-old male, a 27-year-old male, and a 26-year-old female, have each been charged with trespassing, which carries a fine of $287.
The investigation began when EPS Downtown Division officers investigated the incident about 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 4, after receiving a report from a security company of a suspected break and enter in progress at a high-rise construction site.
It was reported that three unknown adults wearing dark clothing and backpacks allegedly scaled the fence at the site and jumped or parachuted from one of the top floors of the 35-storey condominium tower in the area of Jasper Avenue and 119 Street.
The three adults landed a short distance away on the Victoria Promenade (100 Avenue) before escaping the scene in a dark SUV.
It took 19 minutes for the trespassers to climb 36 stories, jump and make their escape.
The investigation is now concluded, and the incident is not believed to be connected to the BASE jumping from the Epcor building in 2011.
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