Edmonton police lay charges in 2013 assault

Edmonton police cruiser. Larry Wong / Postmedia, file

Police have laid charges in a 2013 New Year’s Day assault in north Edmonton that sent one person to hospital with “life-altering” injuries.

On Jan. 1, 2013 at around 2:40 a.m., a grey Pontiac Grand Am with three males inside was waiting in a McDonalds drive-thru located at 15333 Castledowns Road, police said in a news release Thursday.

An unknown male suspect approached the vehicle and an altercation ensued where police said a knife was used by the suspect. Witnesses intervened and the suspect reportedly fled the scene on foot.

Two victims sustained serious injuries, one of which was described as life-altering, police said.

On Tuesday, Edmonton police with the help of RCMP in B.C. and the Abbotsford Police Department arrested the suspect in Chilliwack, B.C.

“The investigation can now be concluded with thanks to witnesses that came forward with important information,” said Det. Paul Kelly in the release.

Benjamin Patrick Kozlovich, 31, has been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.