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May 25, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide Investigation – Arrest: C17-26739

As previously released: 

On February 6, 2017 at approximately 11:15 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 500 block of Magnus Avenue regarding an injured male. 

A 28-year-old male, Canon Franklin BEARDY, was located suffering from multiple serious injuries and transported to hospital in critical condition. He later succumbed to his injuries. 

Members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit entered into an investigation and on February 16, 2017 arrested a 14-year-old male. He was charged with Second Degree Murder

On March 23, 2017, members of the Homicide Unit arrested a 16-year-old male. He was charged with Second Degree Murder, Possess Proceeds of Crime and Flight from Peace Officer and a number of related offences. 

On May 25, 2017, members of the Winnipeg Police Street Crime Unit located the third suspect in this matter. Joshua LECLERC, 20-years-old, of Winnipeg has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder and Breach of Recognizance

Homicide Investigation – Update: C17-110021

As previously released:

On May 23rd, 2017, at approximately 3:15 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of an injured male in the 300 block of Kennedy Street.

An adult male was located outside an apartment block suffering from what appeared to be an upper-body stab wound. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has since been identified as Jarso Boku ANO, a 22-year-old male of Winnipeg.

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

43rd Annual School Safety Patrol  Awards:

The Winnipeg Police Service hosted the 43rd Annual School Safety Patrol Awards ceremony this morning at the Convention Centre.

Since 1936, the Winnipeg Police Service has been involved in the School Safety Patrol Program.  Winnipeg is proud to have had the first fully organized and officially recognized school patrol program in Canada.  Hard to believe the School Safety Patrol Program has been in existence for 81 years.

Every year the patrols are judged on their ability, professionalism and technique while on patrol by the School Education Section of the Winnipeg Police Service.

In 2017, there were approximately 7,000 patrols ensuring our children arrive safely to their schools everyday here in Winnipeg.

The top four City-Wide School Patrol teams are as follows:

1st Place
Ecole Lacerte – Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine
CAA Manitoba Trophy

2nd Place       
Pacific Junction School – Pembina Trails School Division
Winnipeg Free Press Trophy

3rd Place
Montrose School – Winnipeg School Division (South)
Manitoba Public Insurance Trophy

4th Place

Lakewood School – St James-Assiniboia School Division
Winnipeg Police Service Trophy

The Most Improved School Patrol Team is:

River West Park School – Pembina Trails School Division
CAA Manitoba Trophy

Louise Staples Nomination Award:

Louise Staples, a teacher at Greenway School, was instrumental in starting up the patrol program in Winnipeg.  Every year the most efficient Patrol Captain receives an award in honour of Louise Staples.

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2017 Louise Staples Award is Bryce McKenzie-Hirayama Oakenwald School – Pembina Trails School Division


International Missing Children’s Day

May 25, 2017 is “Missing Children’s Day” in Canada, as declared by the Solicitor General in 1986.  Every year thousands of Canadian children are reported missing.  Thankfully, the majority of these children are safely recovered but unfortunately some cases remain open for years and these children are never found.

Through our many partnerships, the Winnipeg Police Service - Missing Persons Unit has been able to achieve success dealing with the complexities surrounding missing children cases.  These include numerous other law enforcement agencies within Manitoba, across Canada and abroad, including the Media community, The Canadian Centre for Child Protection Centre, Street Reach Winnipeg, numerous Child and Family Services agencies and many others.   We extend our gratitude to all of our partners for helping us keep children safe.  We appreciate the vital role the public has played and continues to play in helping us locate missing children and ensure their safety.

The Winnipeg Police Service encourages families and guardians to always keep a watchful eye on children in their care, know who their friends are and where they live, and engage in discussions with them on personal safety issues.  It is further important to have recent photographs readily available of your children in the event they suddenly go missing.

The potential for an abduction of a child can create real fear and anxiety for families and loved ones.  Preventative resources for families and communities are available and can be obtained through the website:

The Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit want to extend our thoughts to those families with missing loved ones. 

In support of International Missing Children's Day, investigators have put together a short video message reminding parents to put kids first. It can be viewed on YouTube here:


May 25, 2017

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

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