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May 1, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Public Assistance: C17-68881

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating the following individual:

Christopher Matthew BRASS, 34
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 165 lbs.

Brass is the subject of two Canada-wide arrest warrants involving numerous violent offences including a number of incidents where he is believed to have discharged a firearm.

Brass is considered armed and dangerous and is not to be approached under any circumstances.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219, 911 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477) if they wish to remain anonymous.

Fire: C17-880065

On April 30, 2017 at approximately 5:12 p.m., Winnipeg Police Cadets were in the area of Ellice Avenue and Maryland Street when they noticed smoke coming from a nearby residence. Cadets located a working fire in the 400 block of Toronto Street and immediately notified Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service. Cadets quickly determined that the owner had safely exited the residence, uninjured, and secured the area until Fire personnel arrived.

The cause of the fire is not considered suspicious.

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision: C17-89185

On May 1, 2017, at approximately 4:40 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the area of Wilkes Avenue and Harstone Road for a report of a serious motor vehicle collision that had just occurred.

The collision involved two vehicles, an SUV and a semi-trailer. The lone occupant of the SUV was transported to hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable.

This investigation is continuing by members of the West District. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6222.

Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit: Release of Michael Fells

Community Notification
The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Michael James FELLS, 34 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexually violent manner against all females, both adults and children.

FELLS will be released from Stony Mountain Institution, Manitoba on May 1, 2017 after serving a sentence for sexual assault, forcible confinement, utter threats and fail to comply with probation order. FELLS is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

FELLS is a designated Dangerous Offender, and upon release, will be subject to parole conditions, and a ten year Long Term Supervision Order until 2028. He will be prohibited from being in the presence of any children under 18 years, unless accompanied by an adult who is aware of his criminal record, and approved by his parole supervisor. He will also be prohibited from attending public parks or swimming areas where children under 16 can reasonably be expected, daycare centres, school grounds, playgrounds and community centres. FELLS will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

FELLS has a history of sexual offences. He is an untreated sex offender that is deemed high risk to re-offend in a sexually violent manner.  All females, both adults and children are at risk.

Community Notification
This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves.  Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Mr. FELLS will not be tolerated.

Name: Michael James FELLS

DOB:     1982-07-19

Height:    182 cm (6’0”)

Weight:  100 kg (220 lbs)

Hair:      Black

Eyes:    Hazel

Race:    Black

If you have any information about FELLS, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.  For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

Background information:

Michael James FELLS is a 34 year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for nine counts of sexual assault, uttering threats, forcible confinement, assault, and numerous breaches of probation and recognizance orders.

FELLS was convicted of sexual assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats and breach probation order on June 12, 2015. He was designated a Dangerous Offender and received a global sentence of 7 years (minus 50 months pre-sentence custody credit), to be followed by a ten year Long Term Supervision Order. FELLS sexually assaulted the nine year old daughter of a friend. He grabbed her wrists, pushed her down, threatened and sexually assaulted her.

FELLS has a prior criminal record for eight counts of sexual assault. He was convicted in April, 2008 of one count of sexual assault and count of assault. He received a total sentence of six months in addition to three years supervised probation. In April, 2011, he was convicted of seven counts of sexual assault, and breach of probation order. He received a total sentence of 372 days (in addition to 1088 days pre-sentence custody credit) and three years supervised probation.

The female victims of FELLS sexual assaults range in age from 9 to 80. His victims are strangers who he meets or arranges to meet, where he portrays himself as a student or graduate of massage therapy or reflexology. Historically FELLS used deception and trickery as his means of accessing and controlling his victims, but with the most recent sexual assault, his conduct escalated in severity with force and threats of violence being used against the nine year old girl.  

FELLS will be released from Stony Mountain Institution on May 1, 2017.

Upon release, FELLS will be subject to conditions that prohibit him from:

  • Representing himself to any person as having training or a degree in massage or reflexology, or being in training for such;
  • Attending in, near, or around places where children under the age of 16 are likely to congregate such as elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools and recreational centres;
  • Being in the presence of any children under 18 years, unless accompanied by an adult who is aware of his criminal record, and approved by his parole supervisor;
  • Touching any other person’s foot/feet.
  • FELLS will also be required to follow treatment plan/program arranged by his parole supervisor in the area of sexual deviancy;

    FELLS is also subject to a lifetime order that prohibits FELLS from attending public parks or swimming areas where persons under 16 years can reasonably be expected to be present, and daycare centres, school grounds, playgrounds or community centres.

    FELLS is subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

    While incarcerated, FELLS did not participate in any sex offender programming. He is an untreated Dangerous Offender that is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexually violent manner against all females, both adults and children.

    FELLS is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves.  Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Michael James FELLS will not be tolerated.

    If you have information about Mr. FELLS, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.  For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

    This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website:

    www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification

    /police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/personal_safety_sexual_assault.pdf

    /police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/streetproofing_children.pdf  

    • Last Update: May 2, 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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca

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