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July 14, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Home Smart Initiative Launch

As previously released, the Winnipeg Police Service has seen an increase in the reports of residential Break and Enters and Property Crime in the City of Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Police Service Community Support Division is launching the William Whyte Home Smart Safety Initiative. Officers will provide information on steps which can be taken to create a safe environment and safer communities.

This neighbourhood was chosen as the first location for this initiative due to a notable increase in property related crimes based on crime analysis. Other communities may be considered in the future if there is a higher than average property crime rate identified.

Approximately 50 officers, cadets, and volunteers will be walking door to door in the area, meeting with local residents and providing feedback and tips regarding home security.

Also present will be the area Divisional Commander, Jamie Blunden, and Divisional Commander Gord Friesen of Community Support Division, as well as members of the Bear Clan and The Salvation Army.

Most property crimes are preventable. Take away the opportunity and help keep your home safe. For more information and additional safety tips, please visit the Winnipeg Police Service website at Home Smart Safety Initiative.

Did you know?

  • The most common time for residential break and enters in Winnipeg is between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • The most common time for garage break and enters in Winnipeg is between 11:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • The most common method of entry was a front or back door and nearly half of those were left unlocked.
  • The average break and enter takes less than three minutes.

Medic – Public Assistance Requested: C17-154784

On July 14, 2017, at approximately 1:40 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to the intersection of Main Street and Polson Avenue for a report of an injured/unresponsive female located in the roadway.

The female was transported to a hospital where she remains in critical, but stable condition. The mechanism of injury is unknown at this time, but the preliminary evidence does not suggest a motor vehicle collision.

Investigators have not been able to ascertain the identity of the victim. She is described as Indigenous in appearance, approximately 25-years-of-age. 5’2” in height, slim build, with wavy brown coloured hair in a bun. In addition the victim has ‘Marcus’ tattooed in script on her left inner forearm.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the possible identity of the victim, is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Male Shot - Arrest: C17-96689

As previously released:
On May 9, 2017 at approximately 2:45 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of an individual suffering from a gunshot wound in the first 100 block of Agate Bay.

Upon arrival, General Patrol members located a 31-year-old male suffering from a gun-shot wound to the lower body. The male was transported to hospital in stable condition.

On July 12, 2017 an adult male turned himself in to police.

Brent Joseph NOLETTE, a 27-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with Aggravated Assault and a number of firearm related offences.

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).

Suspicious Male: C17-154377

On July 13, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m. an adult female was walking her child in a stroller in the area of Assiniboine Ave. and Garry St. when a male began to follow her. The female continued on, ignoring the male, until she reached the Osborne Street Bridge, when the suspect touched her back and shoulders. When confronted the male proceeded to touch the child at which time the victim ran to a near-by business and alerted police.

The suspect is described as:
Caucasian male
Late 20's to early 30's in age
Medium build
Short, buzz cut style, blonde hair
Wearing no shirt and blue jeans

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).

    • Last Update: July 17, 2017

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
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