Monday, August 17, 2015

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

 Monday, August 17, 2015

Sexual Assault – C15-170632
On Saturday, August 15, 2015 the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in the area of Waverly Street and McGillivray Boulevard.
An adult female reported that she was jogging in the area at approximately 12:30 p.m. when she passed a male riding a bicycle who sexually assaulted her. The victim was not physically injured.
The suspect is described as: adult male, approximately 18 – 25 years, East Indian in appearance, black short greasy hair with bangs pulled back, thin build, approximately 170 – 180 lbs., plaid shorts, red shirt.
Anyone with information regarding this incident as asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
Strong Arm Robbery – C15-171797
On Sunday, August 16, 2015 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a report of robbery in 300 block of Stradbrook Avenue.
An adult female was walking in the area when she was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground by a male demanding money.  A passer-by intervened and the suspect fled the area. The victim suffered injuries that did not require medical treatment.
The suspect was described as: male, Aboriginal in appearance, mid-20's, 5'10", skinny build, black bushy hair, wearing a black t-shirt and blue jean shorts.
Anyone with information regarding this incident as asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477). 

Public Safety Notification - Fentanyl Dangers

As previously released, the Winnipeg Police Service is investigating an incident where two individuals were involved in drug overdoses this weekend.  One person has died and another required immediate hospital treatment. The Winnipeg Police Service is continuing to investigate to determine the substances involved. One of the possible substances is Fentanyl, however further testing is required and on-going.

The Winnipeg Police Service cannot yet confirm that Fentanyl was consumed in this incident, however, we wish to again remind the public of the dangers that can be associated to the consumption of drugs such as Cocaine and/or Fentanyl. Police have ruled out Fentanyl as the substance involved in a separate incident reported earlier.

Over the past three years there has been a progressive increase in the number of illicit drug overdose deaths in which fentanyl is detected, either alone or in combination with other drugs.   Further information is available from the attached Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) bulletin.

What does a fentanyl overdose look like?
Early signs of a fentanyl overdose include:
*   Severe sleepiness
*   Slow heartbeat
*   Trouble breathing, or slow, shallow breathing or snoring
*   Cold, clammy skin
*   Trouble walking or talking

If any of these signs are observed in someone who is known to, or suspected of, taking a narcotic or other drug, call 9-1-1 immediately.

What advice do you have for people who may have unknowingly taken drugs containing fentanyl?
While we advise against the use of illicit drugs, people who do use these drugs should be sure to:
*   Don't use alone
*   Start with a small amount
*   Mixing substances, including alcohol, increases overdose risk
*   Call 9-1-1 right away if someone overdoses



For further information contact either:
 Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer
 Constable Eric Hofley, Public Information Officer
 Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

 Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:

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