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April 20, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release

Robbery – Arrest: C17-79175

On April 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Winnipeg Police responded to the report of an armed Robbery at a clothing store in the 600 block of St. James Street. The male suspect fled on a bicycle and was located by General Patrol members at the corner of Empress Street and Wellington Avenue. The suspect confronted officers, armed with a knife. Police deployed a Conductive Electrical Weapon (CEW), which was ineffective. The male then fled on foot, dropping his backpack in the process. The suspect attempted to carjack a passing vehicle but was unsuccessful.

General patrol members again confronted the suspect in the 1200 block of Empress Avenue. The male was still armed with a knife and officers again deployed a CEW. The suspect continued to resist officer's attempts to take him into custody. Police were able to physically overcome the suspect's resistance and take him into custody without injury. Officer's recovered the backpack which was found to contain a loaded .22 calibre rifle.

Johnathon Mark COUTURE, 28-years-old, was charged with the following offences:
- Robbery x2
- Assault Peace Officer X5
- Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted Weapon/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary
to Prohibition Order X2
- Carry Concealed Weapon
- Possess Firearm Knowing it Possession is Unauthorized
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order x3

Armed Robbery – Investigation: C17-79625

On April 19, 2017, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Winnipeg Police received a reported of an armed robbery that had occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier.

Police learned that the victim, a male in his twenties, was walking in the area of Portage Avenue and Main Street when he was confronted a male suspect. The suspect produced a handgun and demanded money. The victim was not injured and the suspect fled on foot with the victim’s personal property.

The suspect is described as:
- Caucasian male (darker skin)
- approximately 5’6” in height
- thin build

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Serious Incident - 600 Block of Pritchard: C17-79770

At approximately 3:45 a.m. on April 20, 2017, Winnipeg Police responded to a potentially serious incident in the 600 Block of Pritchard Avenue.

While police are maintaining a presence on Pritchard Avenue and are likely to remain for some time, there are no concerns for the safety of residents in the area.

There were no injuries reported, and no arrests have been made at this time. This investigation is still in its early stages and no further information will be available until officers have confirmed the exact nature of the incident.
  • Last Update: April 20, 2017

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
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Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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