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March 29, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Missing Person – Gerard Bisson – C16-62097 - Located

The Winnipeg Police Service is again requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 77 year-old male, Gerard Richard BISSON.
 
BISSON was last seen on the morning of March 29, 2016, in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg. While had returned shortly after the initial report, Bisson has again gone missing.

BISSON is described as Caucasian, 6 feet tall, short grey hair, thin build, brown eyes and glasses.  He was last seen wearing a beige jacket, blue jeans and runners.   He may be driving a 2003 Grey Saturn Ion, plate: HEB963 with his destination unknown at this time.

Missing Person – Gerald Bisson – C16-62097

Missing Person Gerald BISSON may be driving a 2003 Grey Saturn Ion, plate: HEB963 with his destination unknown at this time..

(similar vehicle to that which may be being driven)

The Winnipeg Police Service has concerns for the well-being of BISSON and is asking anyone with information regarding BISSON’s whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250. 


   

Fraud Prevention Month - Renovations

Home renovations or repairs are always expensive and stressful for home owners.  Unfortunately some people prey on home owners who are unaware of the basics and costs of home repairs.   

Tips to avoid being scammed:      

  • Do not use the “good deal because we were in the neighbourhood” contractor.  They usually use substandard products and equipment, do work that’s not required, or is actually more expensive than a reputable company.
  • Do not believe someone who shows up at your door randomly, inspects something and then says it needs to be repaired right away.  Always get a second opinion; the scammers are preying on your panic!
  • Always get all the paperwork!
    • Signed estimate
    • Building permit
    • Signed contract
  • Always view their professional licence!  In Manitoba not all trades have to have a professional licence to represent themselves as a tradesman.  Always check their Certification of Qualification or Red Seal.
  • 10%-20% down payment for renovation is more than enough.  A reputable company will have the necessary credit to purchase the materials.
    • Don’t pay the full amount until you are satisfied
    • Always get multiple quotes!
    • Ask “Is this too good to be true?” If it is, then it’s probably a scam!

Commercial Robbery – Arrest – C16-61909

On Monday, March 28th, 2016 at approximately 1:45 p.m. Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred to a business in the 200 block of Dalhousie Drive. Information received at the time was that a male suspect, possibly armed with a knife, had just robbed the business and fled the building. No injuries were sustained in the robbery.

After a search of the area police arrested a male in a near-by residence. Further investigation linked the suspect to previous commercial robberies at the same location on March 22, and March 24, 2016.

Michael Ryan HARPER, 19 years, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences: Robbery x 3, Wear Disguise x 3, Possess Weapon x 3. Harper was detained in custody.

Firearm Investigation – Arrest – C16-62038

On Monday, March 28th, 2015 at approximately 6:15 p.m. Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a male possibly armed with a gun in the area Brazier Street and Roch Street.

Patrolling East District General Patrol units were able to locate a suspect with-in minutes. The male initially fled on foot, but was apprehended after a short foot chase. A loaded handgun was recovered.

Michael Joseph HAYWOOD, 26 years, of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with numerous firearms offences, Possession of a Scheduled Substance as well as numerous court breaches. He was detained in custody.


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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E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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