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July 31, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Injured Male – Public Assistance Requested – Update: C17-167195

As previously released on July 29, 2017:

On July 29, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the 600 block of Notre Dame Avenue for a report of an injured male.

Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive adult male suffering from significant injuries. The male was transported to hospital in unstable condition and has since been downgraded to critical condition.

Investigators have been unable to ascertain the identity of the male. He is described as:

- Indigenous in appearance.
- Black short hair (appears to have a receding hairline and no facial hair).
- 35 to 40 years of age.
- Approximately 5'10" and 180 to 200 lbs.

- Wearing a blue t-shirt, black/grey cargo-style pants and size 10 white Sketcher shoes.
- He was also found to have a blue watch and multiple keys on a key chain.

Investigative efforts have identified the victim as a 50-year-old male of Winnipeg. He has been upgraded to stable condition.

It has been determined that the male had likely been assaulted by a number of suspects at an establishment in the 600 block of Notre Dame Avenue.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Aggravated Assault - Arrest: C170168168

On July 30, 2017 at approximately 2:50 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service was notified of a male assaulted in the area of Main St. and Dufferin Ave. Upon arrival officer located an adult male, unconscious and breathing. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery.
A 38-year-old adult female was also assaulted during the attack and suffered minor injuries.
Officers from the Major Crimes Unit entered into an investigation and later on the same date, arrested and charged the following:

Robert George Linklater, a 35-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Breach of Recognizance
  • Assault

Griffen Austin Hawula, a 19-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Both males have been detained in custody.

The victim has been identified as a 34-year-old male from Winnipeg. As a result of the attack, he suffered a serious and significant brain injury. He remains in hospital at this time.
This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Firearms/Weapons – Arrests: C17-168159

On July 30, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers were conducting a Road Watch check stop in the area of Portage Avenue and Raglan Road when a truck with two occupants was flagged over and approached.

The driver was found to be acting in a suspicious manner and a firearm was observed within the vehicle.

The two occupants were placed under arrest and an investigation resulted in the seizure of a scoped .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle as well as various types of ammunition and three knives.

A 17-year-old male & an 18-year-old male, both of Headingley, have been arrested for:

- Possession of a Weapon (x4)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Transports Firearm, Weapon or Ammunition in a Careless Manner (x3)

They were released on a Promise to Appear.

Drug Offences/Search Warrant – Arrests: R17-45417

During the evening hours of July 28, 2017, Organized Crime Unit members executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a suite of an apartment in the 100 block of Smith Street.

An investigation has resulted in the seizure of the following:

- Approximately $150,000 in Canadian currency
- 97 grams of crack cocaine (with a street value of $9,700)
- 574 grams of cutting agent (with a street value of $500)
- Packaging material, cooking utensils, and digital scales.

Willy Solomon Gooding, a 29-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Production of a Scheduled Substance - Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000 (x2)
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x18)

Sophia Rita Kattenat, a 31-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Production of a Scheduled Substance - Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000

They were detained in custody.

    • Last Update: July 31, 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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