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Thursday, August 25, 2016
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Bomb Investigation C16-176068 On August 24, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m. emergency services personnel responded to the intersection of York Avenue and Kennedy Street in response to a small explosion which had just occurred.
A suspect male had placed a backpack on the ground and lit it on fire before leaving on a small-sized bicycle. In response to the fire an employee from the Law Courts attended and attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. At this time the backpack exploded. Neither the employee, nor several bystanders, were injured. The employee, a male in his fifties, was transported to hospital as a precautionary measure.
The suspect is described as: - Male, aboriginal in appearance - Mid-twenties, with some facial hair - Wearing sunglasses and a hat
This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Public Mischief Arrests: C16-175996 Between July 26 and August 23, 2016, sixty phone calls were made to the Winnipeg Police Communications Centre. The calls were of an emergency nature describing fights and assaults at a residence in the downtown area. The calls also threatened police.
Winnipeg Police policy is to dispatch a uniform patrol unit to all emergency calls for service to ensure the safety of all individuals at the relevant address.
In each instance the emergency was determined to be unfounded. The residence was home to a large family. In each case responding officers were unable to determine who was responsible for the calls. As well, police were not able to locate the phone the calls were being made from. Police strongly cautioned the occupants of the residence regarding the calls.
On August 24, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m. a 911 call was received from the same number claiming a fight occurred and an adult female had been stabbed at the same address. Responding units again determined the call was unfounded and no such event had occurred.
While at the residence, police located the cell phone from which the 911 calls had been made. While arresting one suspect, one officer was allegedly assaulted by a second suspect.
As a result, a 15-year-old female has been arrested and charged with Public Mischief and released on an Appearance Notice. A 12-year-old female has been charged with Assault Peace Officer, Utter Threats x 2, and Public Mischief and was remanded into custody.
For further information contact either: Constable Jason Michalyshen, Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs