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September 25, 2017

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Sexual Assault Investigation – Arrest – R17-54063

The Winnipeg Police Service Counter Exploitation Unit, through a lengthy and ongoing investigation, has arrested a 52-year-old male in relation to multiple historic and current criminal offences.

In 2001 a youth female was introduced to a male who was 36-years-old at the time. The male developed a relationship with the victim and began sexually assaulting her at his jiu-jitsu studio which was located at 80 Sherbrook Street.   

Investigators identified a second victim, in this case an adult female. It was determined that between December 2005 and December 2006 this victim was sexually assaulted at a different location within the city.

Investigators identified a third victim, a youth female. Between November 2015 and December 2015 the accused responded to an online advertisement for escort services. The accused met the victim and paid for sexual services over a period of time that continued until recently. This victim is still under the age of 18.

All three victims provided information that the male is employed as a member of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and owned a jiu-jitsu studio.

As a result of this investigation, on September 22, 2017, detectives from the Counter Exploitation Unit made the following arrest:

Manuel Vladimir RUIZ, 52, has been charged with the following offences;
- Sexual Assault x 2 - Child Abuse
- Sexual Interference
- Obtain Sexual Service from Persons Under the Age of 18
- Forcible Confinement
- Invitation to Sexual Touching
- Luring a Child

The accused was remanded into custody.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Counter Exploitation Unit. Anyone with further information regarding this investigation is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-3464 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Sexual Assaults – Arrest: C17-213149

During the morning of September 22, 2017, the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of several groping incidents in the Downtown area.

An investigation by members of General Patrol and the Sex Crimes Unit determined that a suspect was responsible for the following incidents:

- On September 21, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 33-year-old female was grabbed in the area of Logan Avenue and Princess Street.

- On September 22, 2017, at approximately 7:30 a.m., a 17-year-old female was grabbed in the first 100 block of Borrowman Place.

- At approximately 7:50 a.m., a 24-year-old female was grabbed in the area of Portage Avenue and Maryland Street.

- At approximately 7:52 a.m., a 29-year-old female was grabbed in the area of Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street.

- At approximately 7:58 a.m., a 46-year-old female was grabbed in the 600 block of Portage Avenue.

- At approximately 8:00 a.m., a male was observed committing an incident act at a supermarket in the 600 block of Broadway. A 30-year-old female employee was also grabbed.

- At approximately 8:07 a.m., a 31-year-old female, in the company of her child, was grabbed in the area of Young Street and Broadway.

- At approximately 8:20 a.m., a 43-year-old female was grabbed at a business in the 500 block of Portage Avenue.

- At approximately 8:30 a.m., a 21-year-old female was grabbed in the 500 block of Portage Avenue.

Further investigation by the Sex Crimes Unit resulted in an identification of the suspect.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Tyrell Marquel Cornish, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg, was placed under arrest at a residence in the Springfield North area. He has been charged with:

- Sexual Assault (x9)
- Indecent Act

He was detained in custody.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Sex Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

    • Last Update: September 25, 2017

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