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March 15, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Tip A Cop

On March 15, 2017 uniform members of the Winnipeg Police Service will be celebrity servers at all 10 Winnipeg area Boston Pizza Restaurants. The event starts at 11:00 a.m. and will be concluded by 8:00 p.m.

Officers will be raising funds for the Inner City Youth Scholarship Fund, in partnership with the University of Winnipeg. The funds are donated in memory of injured and fallen officers.

To date, the event has raised approximately $40,000.00 and annually generates approximately $15,000.00.

Today, celebrity servers will include Chief Danny Smyth at the City Place location.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of the 10 Winnipeg area Boston Pizza's and support this very worthwhile cause.


Update - Residential Fire Investigation: C17-52261

As previously released - On March 14, 2017, at approximately 9:45 a.m., emergency services responded to a working house fire in the 400 block of Aberdeen Avenue.

First responders located a 29 year old female within the residence. She was transported to hospital where she remains in life-threatening condition.

As a result of the on-going investigation led by Homicide investigators, the fire is believed to have been deliberately set.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact detectives at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Update- Homicide Investigation - C17-51335

As previously released - On March 12, 2017, at approximately 10:10 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a gunshot heard in the 200 block of Spence Street.

Responding officers located a female outside a residence who sustained life-threatening injuries as a result of being shot. Shania Chanel CHARTRAND, 21 years old of Winnipeg was conveyed to hospital and later pronounced deceased.

Investigators are looking for anyone who may information regarding this incident or who may have been in the area at the time.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Homicide Investigation - C17-49764

On March 10, 2017, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an assault that had occurred in the first 100 block of Isabel Street. Responding officers located a male in critical condition suffering from an upper body wound. The 36 year old victim was transported to hospital in critical condition.

On March 11, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., members of the Major Crimes Unit with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team arrested a suspect in the Norwood neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

Nathan Grant JONES, 24 years old, was charged with Aggravated Assault and was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

On March 12, 2017 the victim, Christopher Paul FRASER, 36 years old succumbed to his injuries.

The investigation revealed that the victim and accused had been socializing with friends when they became involved in a verbal altercation. A weapon was produced and the victim was stabbed in the upper body resulting in a fatal injury.

On March 14, 2017 Nathan JONES was re-arrested and charged with Manslaughter. He remains in custody.

Missing Person - Katherine Kernozhytskyy: R17-20087

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing 13 year old female, Katherine KERNOZHYTSKYY.  KERNOZHYTSKYY was last seen late on Monday afternoon, March 13, 2017, in the North End area of Winnipeg.

KERNOZHYTSKYY is described as Caucasian, 5'3", average build, with long blonde hair and green eyes.  She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, tan Timberlands boots and a black backpack. 

The Winnipeg Police Service is concerned for KERNOZHYTSKYY’s well-being and is asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 986-6250.

Be Aware & Avoid Being Victimized - March Is Fraud Prevention Month

As part of Fraud Prevention Month, the Winnipeg Police Service has released a new video to raise awareness about a common fraud that affects thousands of Canadians each year – the so-called Mystery Shopper scam.

Mystery Shopper scams can cost a victim thousands of dollars:  a person is offered a job online or over text.  The victim's "job" is to deposit a cheque, then forward most of the funds through an electronic money transfer service, keeping a commission, all under the guise of rating the customer relations of that service.  However, the deposited cheque is either counterfeit or stolen, and it eventually bounces.  By that time the "employee" has already forwarded the money, and won't get it back.

Preventing fraud takes an awareness to recognize when an offering is false, in knowing how to protect your personal information, and in how to prevent yourself from falling to pressure tactics from con artists.

March is Fraud Prevention Month, and in conjunction with other community agencies, the Winnipeg Police Service has been participating in events to help educate citizens on how they can protect themselves from fraud.  More events are upcoming, including:

Twitter conversation - March 23rd, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., #WPSFraudSquad, you can even submit your questions in advance this year via twitter @wpgpolice

Fourth annual “Shred It” Event - Friday, March 31st, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Vital Centre parking lot outside Silver City.  A maximum of two bags or boxes per person to this FREE event please.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens of the following:

- Never send money to anyone you only know from an unsolicited phone call or email
- Avoid providing sensitive personal information online or over the phone in situations you did not initiate
- Research any request for money before making a commitment
- Find a “Fraud Buddy” – someone whose advice you respect – and run any request for money by them before you commit to it.
- Never feel pressured to make a quick decision, and
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  

In 2016, more than 1000 Canadians reported having been the victim of a job scam, amounting to about $6 million in losses.  However, it's suspected that only about 5% of people report being a victim of the crime.

If you, or someone you know, is involved in a potential scam, contact the Winnipeg Police Service to make a report. The public can also call the Financial Crime Unit at 204-986-6231 for assistance and advice, or go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website at

    Last Update: March 16, 2017

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