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April 15, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Suspicious Person – C16-72350

On April 12, 2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m. the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of a suspicious male seen in the area of Highfield Street and Pinedale Avenue shortly before 6:00 p.m. that evening.

A 13-year-old female related that she had been walking in the area when a lone male, operating a motorcycle, stopped next to her motioning for her to get on the back of the motorcycle. The young girl was shaken by the encounter and fled the area, returning home. 
 
The male suspect was described as: Caucasian, approximately 30-years of age with dark stubble on his face and red sunken eyes, wearing a black coloured jacket and a black coloured helmet.
 
The motorcycle was described as an older, cruiser-style motorcycle, black in colour with heavily chromed sides.  The motorcycle was also described as having a very loud exhaust.
 
The investigation is continuing by members of the East District Crime Unit.  Anyone with 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).

Theft Under – From Motor Vehicle – Arrest C16-73358

In the early morning hours of April 14, 2016 Winnipeg Police District 2 Units were conducting increased patrols regarding property crimes in the area.  At approximately 2:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to the area of Stafford Street and Jackson Avenue for a report of a male rummaging through vehicles.

Upon arrival, officers arrested an 18-year-old male. He will be charged with Theft Under $5000.  The suspect was released on an Appearance Notice.  

Sexual Assault – Arrest C16-71905

The Winnipeg Police Service was actively looking for a known male suspect wanted in relation to a serious sexual assault investigation.
 
On Tuesday, April 13, 2016 at approximately 7:30 p.m. two off-duty officers were in the downtown area when they observed the suspect male. They identified themselves as police officers and were able to arrest the suspect without incident.
 
John Abraham CHOKEN, 38-years old, of Winnipeg was charged with the following offences:

  • Sexual Assault x 2
  • Sexual Assault with a Weapon
  • Choke to Overcome
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Breach of Probation

Choken was detained in custody

Indecent Act – C16-73691

On April 14, 2016, shortly before 3:30 p.m. the Winnipeg Police Service received a report of an indecent act that occurred in the area of Grosvenor Avenue and Oak Street.

At approximately 3:10 p.m. a 12-year-old female victim was standing at a bus stop in the area.  The female victim observed a male standing across the street.  The male then pulled down his pants exposing himself.  The suspect male departed in a northerly direction in a back lane and was observed to get into a white van and continue north.

The suspect is described as: Caucasian male, approximately 30 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches tall with a stocky build.  The male is also described as: bald / shaved head with a moustache and stubble on his face.  He was wearing a white or greyish long sleeved collar shirt, light blue jeans and brown shoes.

The suspect vehicle is described as: older white van, similar to a Nissan Quest.

The investigation is continuing by the West District Crime Unit.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).  

Residential Robbery – Arrests C16-73375

On April 14, 2016, at approximately 4:30 a.m. Winnipeg Police responded to a suspicious call in the 600 block of Manitoba Avenue. Information received was that two armed males with faces covered had broken into a home and assaulted the residents.

District 3 General Patrol Units arrived on scene and confronted two armed suspects. Officers drew their service pistols and challenged the suspects who were still armed at the time of the confrontation. Police were able to disarm the suspects without further incident. Police seized a 7.62 mm. sawed-off military rifle, three knives and a steel bar.

One adult female was transported to hospital in unstable condition. Two other adult female victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Thirteen adults were removed from the residence for interview. Winnipeg Transit assisted with the transport of witnesses.

Officers were unable to determine if an additional suspect was hiding within the residence. Due to concerns over a potential armed and barricaded situation the Tactical Support Unit was called to assist.

Two adult male suspects were arrested:

Stephen Stewart MENTUCK, 27-years-old, of Winnipeg was charged with:

Break and Enter
Robbery with Firearm
Wear Disguise
Point Firearm x 7
Assault with Weapon x 2
Utter Threats x 7
Use in Commission of Offence (Firearm)
Careless Use (Firearm)
Possess Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace x 4
Unauthorized Use (Firearm)
Possess Prohibited Weapon with Ammunition
Parole Revocation
Breach of Firearm Prohibition
CDSA Possess (Methamphetamine)

Kenneth Winston Allan MUNROE, 31-years-old, of Winnipeg, was charged with:

Break and Enter
Robbery with Firearm
Wear Disguise
Use in Commission of Offence (Firearm)
Utter Threats x 7
Possess Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace
Identity Fraud
Breach Probation Order
Warrant of Arrest x 2 (Breach Recognizance)

Both accused were detained in custody.

 


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Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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