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Did you see, or film, Tuesday’s altercation on 50 Street?

The aftermath of an altercation on Yellowknife's 50 Street on April 9, 2019
The aftermath of an altercation on Yellowknife's 50 Street on April 9, 2019.

If you witnessed or recorded an altercation on Tuesday afternoon in Yellowknife around 51 Avenue and 50 Street, the RCMP want to hear from you.

Police were called to “an ongoing incident,” they said, at around 4:30pm on Tuesday.

April Desjarlais. who witnessed the aftermath of the incident, told Cabin Radio she was “fairly certain” an assault had taken place.

“I felt her head hit the concrete,” said Desjarlais on Tuesday, referring to an Indigenous woman she had seen injured in the aftermath.



“[This is] another Indigenous female assaulted, badly.”

Another witness said the woman had been unconscious for “close to two minutes” before slowly recovering and being helped to her feet.

RCMP confirmed one woman and one man had been taken to hospital following the incident. Their injuries were said not to be life-threatening.

Police said on Wednesday they had identified three of the people directly involved, but believe others in the area could have had involvement.



One man has been arrested to date.

“At this time, RCMP do not have any video footage of the alleged assault, and encourage anyone that may have recorded any portion of the incident to come forward,” said police in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

As the incident happened in a busy area at a time of day when lots of people were out, police said, they hope someone will come forward with information or video.

Cabin Radio has already been contacted by two people who have footage from the immediate aftermath of the incident, though not the incident itself.

Police said their investigation is ongoing and charges have not been laid.

If you have any information that can help, contact the Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

With files from Ollie Williams