Sunday, February 7, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Update - Homicide Investigation – C16-25752
As previously released -On February 6, 2016 at approximately 5:00 a.m., emergency personnel responded to an assault in progress at a residence located in the 500 block of Stella Avenue.
Attending members located a 39-year-old female nearby identified as, Mavis DUCHARME having sustained serious injuries. She was transported to hospital in critical condition and later pronounced deceased.

Members of the Homicide Unit have been notified and continue to investigate. An autopsy is pending and interviews are on-going.   

Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Pursuit and Impaired Driving Arrest – C16-25717
On February 6, 2016 at approximately 3:10 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service observed a black Ford Focus being driven in an unsafe manner and having suspended registration.
Officers followed the vehicle westbound on Portage Avenue near Maryland Street. A pursuit was initialled due to the reckless manner of driving by the suspect. The Ford Focus was observed to be driven at high speeds, disregarding traffic control devices and having no regard for public safety.
Officers made efforts to contain and effectively stop the suspect vehicle before it came to a stop near Broadway and Maryland Street. The lone female driver attempted to flee on foot however due to the efforts of Patrol members and Canine she was taken into custody.
Sarah Lynn VERMETTE, 24-years-old of Winnipeg has been charged with the following due to her alleged involvement:
  Drive while Ability Impaired
  Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer
  Driving while Disqualified
  Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample – Drug Evaluation
  Fail to Comply with Probation Order x 2
  HTA – Drive with Registration Suspended
  HTA – Drive without Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance
She was remanded into custody.


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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