Criminal charges have been laid in connection with a series of violent attacks in Edmonton that left a police officer with stab wounds and pedestrians hurt after they were plowed down in the street, CBC News has learned.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is the sole suspect in the investigation. Police believe he acted alone.
The Somali refugee is facing a series of non terrorism-related charges, including five counts of attempted murder and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, were officially laid against Sharif on Monday, court documents confirm.
Although police have said that terrorism charges are expected, none has been laid so far.
RCMP said the accused had been on their radar in the past.
Sharif was investigated in 2015, for allegedly espousing extremism, but investigators said there was insufficient evidence for an arrest and it was found he was not a national security threat.
The accused was apprehended after a chaotic Saturday night in Edmonton.
A Chevrolet Malibu plowed into a police crowd-control barricade, sending an officer more than five metres into the air before the driver left the vehicle and proceeded to stab the officer repeatedly.
Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, was conducting traffic duties outside the Edmonton Eskimos game when he was struck and subsequently attacked.
Chernyk was treated for stab wounds to his head and face and abrasions on his arms. The 11-year veteran of the force has since been released from hospital.
About four hours after the attack on Chernyk, a U-Haul truck struck pedestrians along Jasper Avenue at 107th Street before the van flipped and the driver arrested on 100th Avenue at 106th Street.
Four pedestrians suffered injuries ranging from “broken arms to brain bleeds,” police Chief Rod Knecht said during Sunday’s police news conference.
One person listed in critical condition has been upgraded to stable. Two others have been released from hospital. The fourth pedestrian…