Crime and Police

Lethbridge police charge second man with assault after fight at youth hockey tournament

A Lethbridge man has turned himself into police after an altercation at a youth hockey tournament.

He is the second person charged after a referee and coach were assaulted during a hockey game over the weekend.

Todd William Cross Child of Lethbridge, is charged with two counts of assault. He was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in court Oct 9.

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On Sunday afternoon police responded to a report of an assault at the Crossings Ice Centre.

An investigation determined at the end of the game a 10-year-old player was involved in a verbal altercation with a referee which escalated to the boy striking the ref twice with his stick and the ref pushing him to the ice. At which point a group of adults, including coaches and a relative of the 10-year-old player came onto the ice. A coach from the opposing team was shoved to the ground and the referee was punched multiple times by the boy’s relative and a second man before the fight was broken up.

The relative was arrested without incident but Cross Child fled the scene then turned himself in at the police station Monday night.

The 10-year-old boy was examined by EMS and was not injured. The referee and coach both sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

55 year-old Robert Farrell Creighton of Standoff is charged with one count of assault. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 9.

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