Victim of vicious assault in west Edmonton dies in hospital

Victim of vicious assault in west Edmonton dies in hospital

A 34-year-old man critically injured in a vicious assault in a west Edmonton highrise condo building earlier this month has died in hospital.

Edmonton police said Wednesday the man was taken off life support April 21 and died the following day.

Autopsy results show he died as a result of sharp and blunt-force injuries. Court records show the victim's name is Dustin Horsethief.

He had been found injured on April 15 in a suite on the 17th floor of a building near 173rd Street and 63rd Avenue.

At the time, police said the victim was attacked by two men and a machete and firearms were involved.

Several other people were found face-down in the suite, their wrists zip-tied. Some had been assaulted. They were known to police.

Police went to the building after several neighbours called about a disturbance. As police arrived, they saw two men "covered in blood" stepping out of an elevator.

The men were questioned and arrested and later charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, forcible confinement, intimidation, robbery, weapons offences and other charges.

Homicide investigators now plan to meet with the Crown prosecutor's office to discuss the possibility of upgrading charges against the two men, police said.