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February 25, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Fire - C17-0039861

On February 25, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Division 11 officers were patrolling in the area of the 500 block of Spence Street when they observed the porch of a residence engulfed in flames.

It was determined that two residents were able to exit safely, however additional occupants remained inside and were believed to be trapped.

Officers entered the smoke filled, multi-level home and assisted several trapped individuals who were having difficulty breathing.

Members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service attended and treated the occupants, including the officers involved for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  

Update - Suspicious Person -  R17-0013717

Public Assistance Requested:

As previously released - On February 19, 2017 at approximately 1:50 p.m., a small group of teenage girls were shopping inside a mall located in the 1200 block of St. Mary's Road when they observed an unknown male following them. The male continued to follow the group so closely that the girls entered a store with the hope to evade him.

Just outside a store, still within the mall, the male appeared to have sprayed or otherwise deposited an unknown substance on the clothing of one of the girls. 

The male remained in the area for a brief period of time before fleeing. The girls were not injured as a result of the incident.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service were contacted and a report was made.

He is described as a Caucasian male, 50+ years old, 5'7"- 5'8" tall, heavy build, wrinkled weathered-looking face and wearing a blue flat-style felt hat with a small brim and blue/black jacket.

Members of the Sex Crimes Unit have been notified and continue to investigate.

The following image has been obtained from mall security. The male shown below is considered a person of interest and efforts to identity him are on-going.

Anyone with information regarding the incident and or the identity of the male is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Last Update: February 27, 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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