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April 21, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Fraud Warning – Home Furnace Inspection Scam

The Winnipeg Police Service have received numerous complaints from homeowners concerning aggressive and potentially fraudulent sales practices for home heating systems.

The common theme is that a sales person will make cold-calls to random residences. There may be one or two individuals, male or female. These individuals may have uniforms with corporate logos as well as business identification. The concern is that these individuals are attempting to gain access to the residence by stating that they are performing furnace inspections, or asking to check the operating status of the homeowner’s heating system.

Neither private companies, nor their employees, have any legal authority to enter a home to perform furnace inspections. These individuals are sales people whose ultimate goal is to entice residents to make purchases of home heating products.

Manitoba Hydro staff will go door-to-door for various reasons. Hydro employees carry official Manitoba Hydro identification with their name and photo and will not pressure homeowners to gain entry, even for inspections.

The public is reminded that they can deny entry to any individual that seems suspicous, and are asked to call the police non-emergency number at 204-986-6222 if they require information from the Winnipeg Police Service.

Additional information is also available at: https://www.hydro.mb.ca/frauds_and_scams.shtml

MANITOBA INTEGRATED HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDER UNIT

Community Notification
The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Timothy Frederick KOLTUSKY formerly known as Kevin Scott STEPPAN, 32 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re‑offend in a sexually violent manner. Females are at risk of sexual violence.

KOLTUSKY will be released from Stony Mountain Institution, on April 21, 2017. He is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

KOLTUSKY has previous convictions for sexual assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm as well as many other criminal offences.  Although KOLTUSKY participated in sex offender treatment programs while in prison, he is still considered high risk to re-offend.  Females are at risk of sexual violence.

A previous notification was made in August 2010 for Kevin Scott STEPPAN.  STEPPAN has legally changed his name to Timothy Frederick KOLTUSKY

Background information:

Timothy Frederick KOLTUSKY is a 32 year-old male with a criminal record for sexual offences as well as numerous other criminal offences.

In August 8, 2005, KOLTUSKY approached a sex trade worker. He took her to a secluded area along the riverbank in Winnipeg where he punched and kicked her numerous times causing injuries and attempted to throw her into the river. Two days later, he approached another sex trade worker. He took her to a secluded area where he began touching her in a sexual manner. He produced a rope which he put around the victim’s neck. A struggle followed in which KOLTUSKY punched the victim, ripped off her shirt and bra and pulled down her pants. The victim was able to escape. KOLTUSKY was arrested a few days later and was remanded in custody.

Between September 18, 2006 and October 31, 2006, while in custody at Headingley Correctional Institution awaiting court on the above described offences, KOLTUSKY made numerous harassing telephone calls of a sexual nature to a woman.

At his sentencing hearing on these offences (sexual assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and harassing telephone calls), in February 2010, KOLTUSKY was declared a Long Term Offender, received a jail sentence of 9 months (in addition to the equivalent of 7 years and 6 months pre-sentence custody credit), and given a 10 year Long Term Supervision Order.  KOLTUSKY’s was subsequently convicted of breaching the Long Term Supervision Order in October 2012, and received a sentence of one month (in addition to five months pre-sentence custody credit); and, in May 2013 and received a sentence of nine months (in addition to four months pre-sentence custody credit).  On October 24, 2014 KOLTUSKY was convicted of two additional counts of breaching the Long Term Supervision Order and attempt obstruct justice, and received a total sentence of two years and six months (in addition to six months pre-sentence custody credit). He will be released after serving that sentence on April 21, 2017.   
While in custody, KOLTUSKY did participate in sex offender treatment programs. However, he is still considered a high risk to re-offend. Females are at risk of sexual violence.

Upon release, Koltusky will be subject to a Long Term Supervision Order until December 23, 2023. He will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

KOLTUSKY is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

Community Notification
This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves.  Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Mr. Koltusky will not be tolerated.

 

 

Name:  Timothy Frederick Koltusky

DOB: 1985-01-25

Height: 6’1”  (185 cm)

Weight:  68 kg (150 lbs)

Hair:   Blonde

Eyes:    Blue

Race:    Caucasian

Distinguishing marks: Small scar above right eye

 

If you have any information about Koltusky, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.  For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves.  Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Mr. Koltusky will not be tolerated.

If you have information about Mr. Koltusky, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.  For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

This information will also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website:

www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification

www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/personal_safety_sexual_assault.pdf

www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/streetproofing_children.pdf   

 

Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Arrest: R16-67302, R17-30058

The Winnipeg Police Service's Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit has arrested a suspect in connection to an investigation into child sexual abuse imagery.

On June 2016, an unknown individual uploaded child pornography to an internet chatroom. The incident was reported to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the ICE unit began an investigation.

In March 2017, investigators, along with members of the Technological Crimes Unit, executed a search warrant in the first 100 block of Roslyn Road and seized a number of electronic devices.

Julio Edgardo Nunfio, a 42-years-old male of Winnipeg, was arrested and charged with the following offences:
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Make Available Child Pornography

Nunfio was detained in custody. The investigation continued and further evidence was uncovered which ultimately led to a number of additional charges.

On April 20th, 2017, Nunfio was re-arrested and charged with the following offences:
- Indecent Act
- Invitation to Sexual Touching
- Luring a Person Under 14 years of age by Means of Telecommunication
- Make Available Child Pornography
- Fail to Comply Conditions Recognizance (x3)

Nunfio has been detained in custody.

For further information regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, please refer to Cybertip.ca - a national tip-line operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

 

MANITOBA INTEGRATED HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDER UNIT

Update:

Christopher MURDOCK has been arrested without incident by the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) on the evening of April 19th, 2017. MIHRSOU is comprised of Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP Officers.

MIHRSOU would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter, as one of the tips that were received from the public led to the arrest of MURDOCK.

Update. Christopher MURDOCK has been arrested without incident by the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) on the evening of April 19th, 2017. MIHRSOU is comprised of Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP Officers.

MIHRSOU would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter, as one of the tips that were received from the public led to the arrest of MURDOCK.

 

As previously release:

Request Assistance to Locate Christopher Edwin MURDOCK

MIHRSOU Request Assistance to Locate Christopher Edwin MURDOCK
The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit, which consists of both RCMP and WPS Members, is requesting assistance from the Public in locating Christopher Edwin MURDOCK.  Police are seeking to locate MURDOCK as he failed to comply with his Long Term Supervision Order and is currently unlawfully at large.

MURDOCK was designated as a Long Term Offender on September 18, 2002 as a result of numerous sexual assault convictions.  On March 28th, 2017, MURDOCK failed to report to his Parole Officer.  Correctional Service Canada issued a Canada Wide Warrant for being unlawfully at large.  MURDOCK has an extensive criminal record which includes several sexual assaults, weapons and violent offences.  MURDOCK has a long history of alcohol and substance abuse.  MURDOCK was recently seen in the Winnipeg area but may be in the Fisher Branch/Fisher River area.


MURDOCK is 49 years old and described as an Aboriginal male, 6” (183 cms), 153 lbs (69 kg), black and gray hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information regarding MURDOCK’s whereabouts, please contact the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204)984-1888.  After normal business hours, please contact either the appropriate RCMP detachment or the Winnipeg Police Service at (204)986-6222 or Crime Stoppers at 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.

    Last Update: April 24, 2017

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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