October 20th, 2020

Assault suspect out of custody

By Shurtz, Delon on January 7, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A 23-year-old man has been released from custody while he waits to stand trial on several criminal charges, including aggravated assault.

Cody Levi Long Time Squirrel was released Monday following a brief hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, and while he won’t have to post any bail money, he is required to behave himself, receive treatment, avoid contact with several individuals, and not possess any weapons.

The accused, who also faces charges of possession of break-in tools and three counts of breach of a recognizance, was arrested Sept. 17 following an incident downtown several days earlier.

At about 10:14 p.m. Sept. 13 police responded to an assault in the 1000 block of 2 Avenue South. A 25-year-old man was walking through the alley when he saw an unknown man strike a woman.

Police said the man yelled at the other man to stop but was punched in the face. The assailant also pulled out a knife and cut the victim’s hand, nearly severing his finger.

Paramedics took the victim to the hospital where he was treated and later released. Because of the severity of the injury, the victim will require surgery to repair the damage, police noted.

Several days later police reviewed surveillance video in the area and a suspect was identified. At about 4:50 p.m. Sept. 17 police found the suspect standing near the corner of 10 Street and 2 Avenue South and he was arrested without incident.

Police searched the suspect and found a lock-picking kit, hatchet and prescription medication in someone else’s name.

In addition to aggravated assault, Long Time Squirrel was charged with possession of break-in tools and three counts of breach of a recognizance. He is set to stand trial in April.

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Citi Zen

He’s out without bail… Don’t go downtown alone, lest you encounter this assailant. Very dangerous to go downtown any more.