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August 29, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Firearms/Theft – Arrests: C17-189994

On August 25, 2017, at approximately 3:00 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a report of a medical incident at a residence in the 100 block of Thomas Berry Street.

Upon arrival of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, a number of firearms were observed inside the house. Members of the Winnipeg Police Service subsequently attended and seized a number of items including the following:

- 3 improvised firing devices.
- 6 bicycles.
- Various types of ammunition.

Two of the improvised firing devices appear to be "bang stick" style firearms. One, a brown cane, was found to have a spent .410 calibre round inside it. The other, part of a red and white broom stick, had a live .22 calibre round ready to fire.

The last improvised firing device appears to have been removed from an airsoft rifle.

In 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service seized 2 improvised firing devices. So far in 2017, 9 have been seized.

5 bicycles have been confirmed as stolen and have been returned to their owners.

Cory Richard Vincent, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Weapon (x3)
- Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime (x3)
- Possession of a Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x3)
- Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (x3)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Justin Mathew Melo, a 30-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Weapon (x3)
- Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime (x3)
- Possession of a Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x3)
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 (x3)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Both were detained in custody.

Child Sexual Abuse Imagery – Arrest: R17-69176

On August 28th, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit was notified of a child sexual abuse imagery investigation by the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre.

The ICE unit continued with the investigation and learned that in June 2017, a suspect had created an account on a Russian-based image hosting site and uploaded sexually suggestive pictures of a young female child. In July 2017, additional pictures of the same child were uploaded to the site. In late August 2017, the suspect was observed to make online sexual comments in relation to young children.

A suspect was identified and at approximately 2:45 p.m., members of the ICE unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the Central St. Boniface area. Numerous electronic devices were seized.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the suspect was located and placed under arrest at a business in the North St. Boniface area.

A 32-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Possession of Child Pornography
- Distribute, Make Available Child Pornography

He was detained in custody.

 

    • Last Update: August 29, 2017

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