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Winnipeg Police Service

April 24, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Robberies – Arrests: C19-87038

During the evening of Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service received reports of several robberies that had occurred to sellers of an online classified service.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., two male suspects attended to an arena in the Valley Gardens area to meet with an 18-year-old male who was selling clothing online. One suspect produced what was described as a firearm, and the 18-year-old was robbed.

At approximately 5:50 p.m., two male suspects attended a mall in the Saint Vital area to meet with an 18-year-old male who was selling shoes online. The 18-year-old was subsequently physically assaulted and robbed.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., two male suspects attended the Exchange District area to meet with a 25-year-old male who was selling a watch online. One suspect produced what was described as a firearm, put the gun to the 25-year-old’s head and fired several shots. The victim was then physically assaulted before he was able to run away and was later transported to a hospital.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., two male suspects attended an apartment block in the Valhalla area to meet with a 27-year-old male who was trading shoes online. One suspect produced what was described as a firearm, struck the 27-year-old in the head multiple times. He was then robbed.

At approximately 7:55 p.m., a Central District General Patrol unit located a suspect vehicle in the area of Lagimodière Boulevard and Grassie Boulevard. The vehicle was stopped a short time later and Tactical Support Team members, with the assistance of General Patrol units, took the four occupants into custody. A .177 calibre BB air pistol was seized from within the vehicle.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

A 17-year-old male of Winnipeg has been arrested for:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x3)
- Robbery
- Aggravated Assault
- Discharge a Firearm with Intent
- Pointing a Firearm (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon (x3)
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x3)

A second 17-year-old male of Winnipeg has been arrested for:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x3)
- Robbery
- Pointing a Firearm
- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition

Two individuals were released without charge.

While the vast majority of transactions from online classified sites are conducted safely; there are some important considerations to keep in mind:

- Never meet someone alone.
- Meet in a public place with many people around. Avoid meeting in areas that you are unfamiliar with.
- If possible, meet during daylight hours.
- Survey the area. If things don’t look or feel right, make alternative arrangements.
- Keep a mobile phone nearby.
- Exchange phone numbers beforehand, but do not provide your personal information beyond your name.
- Use common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is.


Commercial Robbery/Hate Crime – Arrests: C19-82871

Winnipeg Police Service Major Crimes investigators have arrested 3 adult suspects in an incident that occurred on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at a restaurant located in the 1800 block of Corydon Ave. The following individuals were arrested on April 24, 2019;

Alexander Berent, 56
Oxana Berent, 48
Maxim Berent, 29
                                    
These individuals are all owners of the café. They are each charged with one count of Public Mischief and released. Public Mischief (CCC 140 (1)) occurs when an individual, with intent to mislead, causes a peace officer to enter on or continue an investigation based on a false statement or causing another person to be suspected of having committed an offence to divert suspicion from themselves.

Investigators believe that the initial report of a robbery was staged. Further, the anti-semitic graffiti and vandalism were also falsely reported as being done by outside suspects.

Hate-related crime is one of the most heinous acts we encounter as a society. It tears at the fabric of who we are as a country. False allegations of hate crime trivialize the trauma that genuine victims endure. The Winnipeg Police Service fully investigates all reports of hate-related crime. We encourage the public to report any suspected incident.


  • Last Update: April 24, 2019

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

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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