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News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service
Saturday, May 18, 2018
Weapons/Assault Police Officer – Arrest: C18-102429
On May 17, 2018, at approximately 10:05 p.m., Division 11 General Patrol members responded to a building in the 500 block of Furby Street for a report of a male armed with a knife.
Upon arrival, officers entered the building and were directed to a rear exit. A male was found holding a knife and ran when directed to drop the weapon. 
Officers gave chase and during the foot pursuit, the male dropped the knife but continued to run. He later dropped a second weapon, a hatchet, as officers caught up. The male resisted officers as he was taken into custody.
The male was then transported to hospital in stable condition. During the male's treatment, he spat in an officer's face with blood and saliva. The male was treated and released from hospital a short time later.
Trent James Clifford Fraser, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Resist Peace Officer
- Assault a Peace Officer
He was detained in custody.
Weapons – Arrest: C18-103261
On May 18, 2018, at approximately 11:00 p.m., members of the Traffic Division came upon a group on individuals on the verge of a physical confrontation in the area of Graham Avenue and Hargrave Street.
In an effort to disperse the parties, officers activated their vehicle's air horn causing the group to step back from one another. At this time, a male yelled a comment about another male in the group having pointed a firearm at him earlier.
Officers located the suspect male holding a small crowbar and with what appeared to be a firearm sticking out of his pant pocket. The male was safely taken into custody. A search resulted in the seizure of a number of items including:
- Numerous stolen identification cards in various names.
- The small crowbar.
- A black imitation plastic handgun.
The male initially provided a false name but was identified by his fingerprints with the assistance of the Forensic Identification Section.
John Abraham Choken, a 40-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Possession of a Forged Document with Intent
- Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (x7)
- Identity Theft
Choken was also processed on an outstanding warrant for his involvement in an attempted stabbing on April 18, 2018, in the 200 block of Edmonton Street. He has been charged with:
- Assault with a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon
He was detained in custody.
Arson/Assault Police Officer – Arrest: C18-103047
On May 18, 2018, at approximately 5:05 p.m., District 3 General Patrol members responded to a building in the 100 block of Jarvis Avenue for a report of a male acting erratically and setting fires.
As police arrived, the male ran into a suite and barricaded the door with various pieces of furniture. Officers forced the door open and the male fled out a window and scaled down to a ledge where he threw a small metal rod at an officer, striking him in the hand. 
The male then climbed onto some nearby live power lines/wires and continued to act erratically as officers and members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service attempted to safely take the male into custody. He eventually climbed down on his own and was placed under arrest.
It was later determined that several fires had been set inside the building, causing a minor amount of damage (estimated at approximately $500).
Frederick Joseph Morrissett, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Arson with Disregard for Human Life
- Mischief under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon
He was detained in custody.

For further information contact either:
Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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