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February 18, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Commercial Robbery Arrest – C16-34172

On February 18, 2016 at approximately 9:30 a.m. members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched to a grocery store in the 400 block of Selkirk Avenue for the report of a commercial robbery.

Officers arrived to find that the individual responsible for the robbery was being held for police and that an adult male had suffered serious injury as a result of being stabbed in the upper body. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to stable.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation. It was learned that the accused, armed with a weapon, had entered the store and demanded and received an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes. The victim, along with another employee, was injured while struggling with the accused.

An 18-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Disguise with Intent and Assault for his alleged involvement.

He was detained in custody.

Drug Warrant Arrests – C16-33662

Recently, members of the East District Community Support Unit became involved in a drug investigation regarding a residence in the 200 block of Beliveau Road. As a result, On February 17, 2016, two individuals were arrested and a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant was executed at the residence with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team.

The subsequent search resulted in the seizure of the following:

  • Loaded Regent .45 calibre handgun
  • 9.69 ounce of Cocaine with an estimated street value of $20,000.00
  • $51,810.00 in Canadian currency
  • Drug paraphernalia

Richard Paul Anthony BLACKWOOD, 28 years of Winnipeg been charged with numerous drug, weapon and breach of court order related offences for his alleged involvement.

He was detained in custody.

A 27-year-old female of Winnipeg facing numerous drug and weapon related charges for her alleged involvement.

She was released via a Promise to Appear.

Suspicious Male – C16-33668

On February 17, 2016, members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched for the report of a suspicious male near a school in the 300 block of Hawthorne Avenue.

Officers met with the Principal and a 9-year-old complainant who related that at approximately 2:10 p.m. she had been playing in the school yard when she saw a male who was taking photos of children. This was observed by teachers and the Principal spoke with him. He indicated that he had recently moved to the area and was looking for a school for his children to attend. He then left without further incident.

The suspect is described as: Caucasian, 40-50 years of age, 5’11” tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket with fur on the hood, black toque and black mitts.

The investigation is continuing by members of the East District Crime Unit. Anyone who has any information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact investigators at (204)986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at (204)786-TIPS (8477).

Suspicious Male – C16-33771

On February 17, 2016, members of the Winnipeg Police Service were dispatched for the report of a suspicious male.

Officers met with the 11-year-old complainant who related that at approximately 3:45 p.m. she had been walking in the area of Capston Road and Cliffwood Drive when she noticed a vehicle driving westbound on Capston. The male driver asked if she needed a ride home to which she replied she did not. The driver pulled away, and then reversed back to her and stated that he knew her father. The male then drove away.

The suspect is described as: Caucasian, 40-50 years of age, bald. He was wearing a red hoody with a grey half circle emblem on the front.

The vehicle is described as a black SUV.

The investigation is continuing by members of the East District Crime Unit. Anyone who has any information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact investigators at (204)986-2857 or Crime Stoppers at (204)786-TIPS (8477).

Update - Missing Person – Cooper James NEMETH - R16-11373

The Winnipeg Police Service is continuing to request the public’s assistance in locating 17-year-old, Cooper James NEMETH. He was last seen during the early morning hours of Sunday, February 14, 2016, in the Valley Gardens area of Winnipeg.

On February 17th, the Winnipeg Police Service requested the public’s assistance in locating two witnesses, known as Derek and Brittany, who may have been with Cooper in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 14, 2016. The parties are believed to have been operating a white Honda Civic.

The Service would like to thank members of the public who immediately began providing information. Investigators are currently going through the process of verifying, authenticating and following up on these tips.

Today, as part of their on-going training, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Unit, along with Service volunteers, have been conducting searches north of the perimeter along Henderson Highway.

NEMETH is described a Caucasian male, 6’0” tall, 170 pounds, average build with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing black jacket with a River East Marauders hockey logo on the front, black pants, and brown skater runners.

The Winnipeg Police Service remains concerned for NEMETH’S well-being and is asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.


Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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