Friday, August 24, 2018

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Friday, August 24, 2018

Assault Peace Officer – Investigation: C18-183938
On August 24, 2018, at approximately 4:25 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a suspicious male in a truck checking vehicle door handles in the first 100 block of Brookstone Place near Waverley Street.
A K9 unit responded and located the truck in the 3200 block of Waverley Street. The officer conducted a traffic stop and began to talk to the male driver. The vehicle was determined to be stolen and as the officer attempted to make an arrest, the vehicle sped away dragging the officer a significant distance.
The officer, a 10-year member, suffered a number of painful but non-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital in stable condition where he remains.
The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating the suspect blue 2014 Toyota Tacoma double-cab truck with a Manitoba licence plate of HJW249. The male driver is described as being Caucasian in appearance and was wearing a dark-coloured hat with glasses.
This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding the male and/or the location of the vehicle is asked to call 911.
Assault Peace Officer – Arrest: C18-183047
On August 23, at approximately 12:00 a.m., officers with the North District Community Support Unit were on patrol in the William Whyte area when a male on a bicycle was observed committing a violation of the Highway Traffic Act in the area of Aikins Street and Burrows Avenue.
As officers attempted to stop the male, he fled on his bike into oncoming traffic and was followed to the rear of an address in the 300 block of Alfred Avenue. The male immediately confronted officers and attempted to push one member to the ground.
The male, who is believed to have been high on methamphetamine, was told he was under arrest, at which time he began to struggle with officers in an attempt to avoid being taken into custody. At one point, he produced an item which was later identified as a bicycle pump and was disarmed. He was eventually handcuffed.
The officer did not suffer any injuries.
Nicholas James Lilke, a 31-year-old male of Winnipeg,has been charged with:
  - Assault a Peace Officer
  - Resist Peace Officer
He was detained in custody.
Assault Peace Officer –  Arrest: C18-182298
On August 22, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m., a male attended the Health Sciences Centre complex and left his bicycle in the entrance corridor. The male then began to wander around the complex and entered a women's staff washroom.
Security officers with the Health Sciences Centre attended and asked the male to leave. While escorting him outside, the made threats to kill the security officers and postured a fighting stance on a number of occasions.
Once in the entrance corridor, he again adopted a fighting stance and threw the bicycle at the security officers, hitting two of them. The security officers continued to try escort the male out of the hospital at which time a struggle ensued. He was eventually successfully handcuffed and placed into a holding room while Central District General Patrol officers arrived and placed him under arrest.
One security officer suffered minor injuries.
Necho Debbin Bittern, a 26-year-old male of Winnipeg,has been charged with:
  - Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon (x2)
  - Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm  (x3)
He was detained in custody.   
Assault – Arrest: C18-183601
On August 23, 2018, at approximately 5:50 p.m., a female attended a shopping centre in the 300 block of Portage Avenue. As she left a store, a security device alarm went off and a security guard approached her.
The female pulled a box of perfume out of her bag and ran. She then threatened to stab the security guard with a needle and assaulted him with a punch. The female was taken into custody and a needle was later found within her personal property.
While being processed in a security holding room, the female, who is believed to have been high on methamphetamine, spit twice in the face of a second security guard. Central District General Patrol officers arrived a short time later and placed her under arrest.
Both security guards suffered no injuries.
Amber Leah Thompson, a 28-year-old female of Winnipeg,has been charged with:
  - Theft Under $5000
  - CC 266 Assault (x2)
  CC 264.1(1)(a) Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm
She was detained in custody.
Assault – Arrests: C18-183679
On August 23 2018, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a fight in progress outside a transit bus.
An eastbound Winnipeg Transit bus was stopped at the intersection of Portage Ave. and Colony St. Three males had boarded the bus, however, one did not have sufficient funds and was advised of this by a transit supervisor onboard. The 3 all became verbally aggressive and the supervisor requested they leave the bus. The suspects began assaulting the supervisor and dragged him off the bus where the assault continued on the street.
The assault was interrupted when members of the Winnipeg Police Service and Auxiliary Cadets came upon the scene.
The Transit Supervisor was conveyed to hospital in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
An adult male and 2 male youths were arrested and will be charged with Assault.
All three were released on a Promise to Appear.
Canada-Wide Arrest Warrant – Michael Karas: R1-54824
On August 23, 2018, the Winnipeg Police Service was contacted by the Toronto Police Service to assist in the arrest of a male suspect wanted on a Canada-wide Arrest Warrant.
At approximately 09:00 p.m., members of the Major Crimes Unit arrested a suspect at a hotel located in the 1700 block of Sargent Ave.
Micheal Joseph Karas, 61, was arrested and detained. Officers from the Toronto Police Service are expected to arrive today and execute the warrant with underlying charges of:
   - Robbery with Firearm (x3)
   - Point Firearm (x3)
   - Wear Disguise with Intent (x3)

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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