Friday, August 5, 2016

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Update. Please note the correction in red.


  Friday, August 5, 2016

 
Assault Arrest – C16-161031
On August 3, 2016, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an assault that had just occurred on a Winnipeg Transit operator in the area of Portage Avenue and St. James Street.
 
Officers arrived to find a suspect being held by a second transit operator and two passengers. The victim, a male in his forties, was not injured.
 
Officers learned that the suspect had entered the transit bus and had a disagreement with the driver over the fare. The suspect became aggressive, and opened the door to the driver's compartment. At this time the operator opened the door to allow some distance when the accused assaulted him. A struggle resulted in the accused being held for police.
 
Matthieu Joseph FORTIER, 29 years, of Winnipeg, was charged with Assault. He was detained in custody.

 
Arson – Update: C16-147165 & Weapons Investigation – R16-53408
As previously released, on July 16th, 2016 at approximately 4:15 am, emergency personnel responded to a fire in a single-family residence within the 500 block of Young Street.

Two adults, a male and female, were transported to hospital in stable condition. Two males, an adult and a youth were treated and released.

An on-going investigation by members of the Winnipeg Police Service's Arson Unit and the Office of the Fire Commissioner has determined the fire to be arson. Damage has been estimated at $105,000. The investigation is continuing at this time.

Anyone with information regarding the arson is asked to contact the Arson Unit at 204-986-6813 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

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Observations by attending officers, as well as Winnipeg Fire & Paramedic Service personnel, led police to enter into a separate investigation relating to weapons and drugs being conducted by the Division 11 Crime Unit.

As a result of this investigation an adult female and two male youths were arrested on July 17, 2016.

Shania Keyauna Thompson, a 20-year-old female from Winnipeg, has been charged with:
 - 11 weapons & firearms related offences
 - Possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
 - Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime

A 17-year-old male from Stony Mountain has been charged with:
 - 11 weapons & firearms related offences.
 - Possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
 - Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime

A 16-youth old male from Winnipeg has been charged with:
 - 11 weapons & firearms related offences
 - Possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
 - Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime

All three were detained in custody.
 
On August 4th, 2016, a fourth suspect was arrested and charged as part of this on-going investigation.
 
Justin Cameron Kirstein, a 25-year-old male from Winnipeg, has been charged with:
 - 26 weapons & firearms related offences
 - Possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
 - Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime
 
Kirstein was detained in custody.
 
This investigation is continuing by members of the Division 11 Crime Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6668 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

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

 
 Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:
WPS-PIO@Winnipeg.ca

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