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June 22, 2016

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg Police Service Accepts Delivery of Armoured Rescue Vehicle

ARV1 Becomes Operational 

Recently, the Winnipeg Police Service accepted the delivery of a GURKHA tactical Armoured Rescue Vehicle (ARV1), manufactured by Terradyne Armoured Vehicles, located in Newmarket, Ontario.

This vehicle, designed specifically for civilian based police purposes, will provide protection for Service members, partners such as the Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) Unit and the community as a whole.

ARV1 Becomes Operational becomes operational June 22

Members of the Special Operations Group, including the Tactical Support Team (TST) and Crisis Negotiators are engaged in numerous high-risk incidents every year.  Keeping the public and police members safe will be the primary objective of this new tool.

“The safety of the public and the well-being of our officers is something the Winnipeg Police Service takes very seriously. This vehicle will give us an advantage in diffusing dangerous situations in the safest way possible,” said Deputy Chief Gord Perrier.

Whether transporting TEMS members into the danger zone to render first aid to those in need, allowing TST members to better communicate in an armed and barricaded situation, or if necessary, providing a strategic advantage in the deployment of less than lethal force options, ARV1 will provide a safe and secure means of doing so.

“Community safety is a priority for the Winnipeg Police Board. The Armoured Rescue Vehicle will enhance the Winnipeg Police Service’s ability to protect the public and police officers during high-risk incidents,” said Councillor Scott Gillingham, Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board.

The vehicle is by design defensive in nature, and will more readily allow police to rescue members of the public who are in dangerous and potentially life threatening situations.

Training regarding the operation of ARV1 has commenced and members of the public may observe it travelling within the City of Winnipeg.  

As seen in cities across Canada where Police Services have already invested in this type of vehicle, this acquisition will aid in an appropriate response to today’s ever evolving policing requests.

Serious Assault Arrest – C16-128069

On June 21, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m., a male and female suspect forced entry into a home located in the 300 block of Qu’Appelle Avenue. Once inside, a 27 year old occupant was confronted, physically assaulted and robbed of property.

While the victim lay on the floor, a flammable liquid was poured on to him and ignited. The suspects fled leaving the victim behind as he screamed for help. A passer-by heard the calls for help and called 911.

Emergency personnel responded and located an injured 27 year old male. He was transported to hospital with numerous serious injuries. He is in stable condition.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Royce Darcy BERENS, 34 years old was located in the area and placed under arrest.

He has been charged with numerous offences due to his alleged involvement and remanded into custody.

The investigation continues by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with further information is asked to call 204-986-3919 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Update: Fire Investigation – C16-128501

As previously released -On June 22, 2016 at approximately 3:40 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a residence located in the 300 block of Aberdeen Avenue regarding a fire incident.
A 50 year old male resident was removed from the home and transported to hospital in critical condition. He has since succumbed to his injuries.
Notifications have been made however the results of an autopsy and cause of death are pending.  
Members of the Homicide Unit continue to investigate. Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). 

Update –Missing Person/ Parental Abduction Investigation – C16-127423 - Located

A Canada-wide Warrant has now been issued for the arrest of Sandra GIESBRECHT, 44yrs, for the charge of Abduction in relation to her two children.  The Winnipeg Police Service is continuing to request the public’s assistance in locating the mother, Sandra GIESBRECHT, 44yrs, and her missing children, daughter, Montana GIESBRECHT, 11yrs, and son, Josh GIESBRECHT, 9 years.   These missing children were last seen in the area of St. James near Lumsden Avenue on the evening of Monday, June 20, 2016.  At that time, they were observed getting into a 4 door white car. 

Montana GIESBRECHT, 11 years, is described as a Caucasian female, 4’5” in height, small build, and short dirty-blonde hair.  She was last seen wearing a yellow Minion T-shirt, a white blouse over top and black Capri leggings. 

Josh GIESBRECHT, 9 years, is a Caucasian male, 4’2”, long dirty-blonde hair, and small build.  He was last seen wearing a dark blue sweater overtop of a grey t-shirt with a basketball picture on it and blue sweatpants. 

Montana Giesbrecht, 11yrs

Montana Giesbrecht, 11yrs
Josh Giesbrecht, 9yrs

Josh Giesbrecht, 9yrs

These children are believed to be in the company of their mother, accused, Sandra Giesbrecht, at this time. 

Sandra GIESBRECHT, 44 years (Mother)

Sandra GIESBRECHT, 44 years (Mother)

The Winnipeg Police Service is concerned for the wellbeing of these two children and are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.  


Last Update: June 27, 2016

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