Tuesday, February 11, 2014

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On or about October 4, 2006, 29 year old Steven PELLETIER was outside a residence located in the 500 block of Magnus Avenue.
At this time PELLETIER was lured and eventually forced into a home where he was seriously assaulted by a previously arrested accused, Darrel LAVALLEE. The assault continued at which time LAVALLEE produced a firearm and discharged it in the direction of PELLETIER. The victim died as a result of the injuries sustained.
LAVALLEE, with the assistance of Tomas FRANCEY, Ronald SOBOTKIEWICZ and other associates removed the deceased from the home, taking him to a secluded area outside the City of Winnipeg.
In November, 2006, the victim's family filed a missing persons report to police. An extensive investigation commenced which included a news release requesting the public's assistance.
As a result of a lengthy investigation by members of the Homicide Unit, with the assistance of the Missing Persons Unit, suspects were identified and charges were authorized.
As previously reported, on January 17, 2014 Darrel LAVALLEE, 32 was charged with 2nd Degree Murder due to his alleged involvement.
The investigation continued by members of the Homicide.
On February 10, 2014 Tomas Bell FRANCEY 36 years of Winnipeg was arrested in the downtown area of Winnipeg.  Ronald Allan SOBOTKIEWICZ 50 years of Winnipegosis, Mb was arrested in Winnipegosis by members of the RCMP and later turned over to members of the Winnipeg Homicide Unit.  They have been charged with Accessory After The Fact To Murder due to their alleged involvement.
Both were detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.
The investigation continues.
On February 7, 2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m. three male youths attended to the 600 block of McKenzie Street at which time they stole a car.
Minutes later the youths attended to the 100 block of Manley Crescent where they attempted to steal a second vehicle.  The owner of the vehicle confronted the suspects and all three fled in the previously stolen car.
Shortly thereafter the suspects were in the area of Burrows Avenue and Palms Boulevard where they encountered a 15 year old male waiting for a bus.  The three proceeded to rob the male of personal property after which they again fled in the stolen car.  The victim was able to contact police and provide both vehicle and suspect descriptions.
Shortly before 9:00 a.m. members of the Tactical Support Team observed the stolen vehicle driving in the area of Burrows Avenue and Sheppard Street.  With the assistance of uniform members the vehicle was stopped and the two accused within were arrested without incident.
The investigation continued by members of the District 3 Crime Unit and on February 10, 2014 the third accused turned himself in to District 3 police.
Two of the youths, 14 & 16 years of age were detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre while the third, 16 years of age was released via a Promise to Appear.  All are facing numerous charges for their alleged involvement.


For further information contact either:
Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer
Detective Sergeant Natalie Aitken, Public Information Officer

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