On Nov. 7, 2023, the Didsbury RCMP received a report regarding the alleged physical abuse of a senior at a local residential care facility in Didsbury. Upon further investigation, it was determined the 87-year-old victim had been physically assaulted by a care worker at the facility between Sept. 2021 to Aug. 2022. 

As a result of the information obtained by police, on Nov. 8, 2023, 49-year-old Maximino Garcia, a resident of Didsbury and an employee at the care facility since 2014 was arrested and charged with assault.  Garcia was release from police custody by a Justice of the Peace on several conditions to ensure the safety of the victim.  Garcia is scheduled to appear at the Alberta Court of Justice in Didsbury on Nov. 20, 2023.

The investigation remains active and police are looking for additional victims. If you have any information regarding this criminal offence or have information regarding additional victims, you are encouraged to contact the Didsbury RCMP Detachment at 403-335-3382.  Callers who prefer to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or alternatively submit information online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.