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Calgary police charge man in St. Mary’s University assault, tire slashing

Cory Carl Szabo, 38, of Calgary. Calgary Police Service handout

Police say charges are pending against a Calgary man in connection with a seemingly random assault at St. Mary’s University earlier this month.

Officers were called to the private Catholic university in southeast Calgary just after 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 after an employee reported being attacked by a stranger.

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According to the Calgary Police Service, the man entered the school at around 7 p.m., at which time the employee asked him why he was there. The man reportedly said he was attending a meeting set to take place at the university that evening.

The man exited the university but later got back inside when the employee opened a door, CPS said in a Thursday news release.

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It’s alleged the man pushed the employee to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him. According to police, the employee had cuts on his face and elbow as well as bruising on his back.

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After reviewing CCTV footage of the attack, police believe the same man is also responsible for a tire slashing that took place in the school’s parking lot at 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 13.

“We believe both of these attacks to be random and unprovoked,” police said.

While police said the incidents aren’t thought to be connected to the random assault of a man in his 50s at Fish Creek Park, they say it’s “unknown” if it could be related to the random stabbing of a 15-year-old boy in a Braeside off-leash park.

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Calgary police said Cory Carl Szabo, 38, was arrested in Cochrane.

Szabo scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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