A 30-year-old Calgary man has been charged in connection with an assault where five men were stabbed outside of a local bar three years ago.
The Lethbridge Regional Police Criminal Investigation Section (CIS) charged Jan Vorel with four counts of aggravated assault, five counts of assault with a weapon and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon. He appeared in court today and was released on $3,000 cash bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 7.
On Oct. 18, 2009 at approximately 2:44 a.m., police responded to a report of an assault outside a bar along the 1000 block of 1st Avenue South after a verbal altercation between several patrons leaving the establishment escalated to a physical confrontation where a male pulled a knife and began stabbing people. Four males, two aged 22 and two aged 24 at the time of the incident, were initially transported to Chinook Regional Hospital. Two of those victims were later transferred to Calgary Foothills Hospital in critical condition. A fifth victim, an employee of the bar, received a cut to his hand, but did not require medical treatment. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival.
“This has been a very lengthy and extensive investigation, but thanks to the tenacity of our investigators the person responsible is now in custody and will answer to the charges,” said Staff Sgt. Ian Sanderson, who oversees the CIS. “We want our community to know that people who visit this city and commit crimes cannot just leave without facing the consequences and anyone who tries will be vigorously pursued.”
Last week, investigators travelled to Calgary to conduct additional interviews with witnesses and also spoke with the accused, who subsequently turned himself into the Calgary Police Service.