Calgary

Canada-wide warrant issued for suspect in Calgary stabbing death

Christopher Douglas Mathers, 34, faces a second-degree murder charge in relation to the death of Russell Younker last month.

Christopher Mathers faces 2nd-degree murder charge in death of Russell Younker

Christopher Douglas Mathers, 34, turned himself in to Salmon Arm RCMP on Thursday. (Calgary Police Service)

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a suspect in a stabbing death in downtown Calgary last month.

Police said the victim, who was identified by police as Russell David Younker, 49, was stabbed on April 15 during a fight on 11th Street S.W. near the Downtown West-Kerby CTrain station.

Younker collapsed at the scene while the attacker ran away. Younker later died in hospital.

Police believe the victim and the accused knew each other, and the altercation resulted from a previous incident that occurred between them.

Christopher Douglas Mathers, 34, was identified as a suspect because of a tip provided by a member of the public, police said Tuesday.

Upon attempting to locate Mathers, investigators said they learned he had moved out of his house and had potentially left Calgary.

Mathers is believed to have connections to British Columbia, Halifax and London, Ont.

A warrant has now been issued for Mathers. He faces a second-degree murder charge.

Police describe him as six-foot-one, about 220 pounds and having brown hair and blue eyes.

Investigators are still hoping to speak with a potential witness. (Calgary Police Service)

Investigators are still hoping to speak with a potential witness.

The witness was seen wearing a blue hoodie with a red logo on the front, a baseball cap, sunglasses and a backpack.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mathers is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, or the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. 

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now