The EPS Historical Crimes Section has charged a 47-year-old man in relation to a break-and-enter sexual assault reported in November 1994.
Around 3:00 a.m. on November 26, 1994, it was reported to police that an unknown male suspect broke into an apartment in the area of 65 Avenue and 172 Street. The male suspect approached the 28-year-old female resident with a knife, who was asleep in her bed at the time. The suspect then bound the complainant and sexually assaulted her. The woman was able to free herself after the suspect left her suite, at which time she contacted police and attended hospital for an examination.
The evidence collected from the complainant’s examination had been considered for forensic testing but was ultimately deemed to be unsuitable for further testing at the time.
In January of this year (2020), the file was reassigned to a Cold Case Sexual Assault investigator for review. In consultation with the RCMP lab, various exhibits were identified as being suitable for DNA testing. The subsequent analysis identified a DNA profile that matched a convicted offender on the National DNA Data Bank.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, Dean Walter Moore, 47, was arrested with the assistance of the Medicine Hat Police Service and is charged with housebreaking with intent, sexual assault with a weapon, unlawful confinement and theft under $5,000.
In 2016, the EPS Sexual Assault Section initiated a review of Cold Case Sexual Assault files to identify those that would be suited for further investigation. It was through this process that Cold Case Sexual Assault Unit’s caseload was generated.
The Unit’s two detectives are assigned to Historical Crimes and they have the mandate to review the files from their caseload to identify where modern technology or investigative approaches may be able to shed light on a previously unsolved case.