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Marlborough LRT attack prompts councillor questions on platform safety

Calgary police have charged a woman in relation to what was reportedly a hatchet attack at a northeast Calgary LRT station.

The attack raised questions from the area councillors on what’s being done to

Around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 7, Calgary police were called to the Marlborough LRT station for reports of a serious assault. Officers arrived to find a woman in her 20s with serious head injuries.

Officers provided first aid until EMS arrived and transported the woman to hospital.

Initially, officers were unable to find the suspect. Around 8:25 p.m., Calgary police were notified by Calgary Transit that a woman matching the suspect description had returned to Marlborough LRT Station.

Officers responded and after a brief foot chase that led them to a nearby Tim Hortons in the 500 block of 36 Street NE, a woman was arrested.

Calgary police are still investigating if the victim and the accused are known to each other. They are also trying to determine the motive for the assault.

Shania Eileen Hunter, 22, of Calgary has since been charged with one count each of assault with a weapon and possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose.

“With thanks to our partners at Calgary Transit, we were able to identify, locate and arrest this individual in quick succession to prevent further harm,” said Insp. Joel Matthews of the Calgary Police Service District 4.

“We know that many Calgarians are concerned about violent crime occurring within our city and we remain committed to working with our partners to hold those responsible accountable.”

Safety on the platform

Ward 10 Coun. Andre Chabot raised the incident during Question Period at Tuesday’s regular meeting of council.

“There obviously concern from residents that safety and security protocols may not be as good as what they’d like to see,” Chabot said.

“I’d like to know if there’s anything that’s currently been undertaken or pursued, either as part of this incident or the budget on a go forward basis, that will address or mitigate some of the challenges that people perceive as a result of this incident and other, I guess, incidences that have happened over the last 12 months.”

Doug Morgan, General Manager of Operational Services said that security has been a focus for them over the pandemic. He said it continues to be a priority.

“We’ll certainly be investigating the events that occurred last night, along with the Calgary Police Service,” Morgan said.

“Certainly, we’ll be digging in, Councillor Chabot, on what happened and reviewing our response protocols and looking for improvement. That certainly is top of mind for us.”

The Calgary police are looking for anyone with information on the incident. People can call 403-266-1234.