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August 29, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Assault With a Weapon – Arrest: C19-202132

On August 28, 2019, at approximately 5:00 p.m., Winnipeg Police Central District General Patrol officers responded to a report of an aggressive male armed with scissors threatening passengers on a transit bus stopped at Portage Avenue and Arlington Street. All passengers had been safely evacuated at the time of police arrival, however, the transit operator remained on the bus. Neither the driver nor the passengers were injured.

Responding officers were forced to deploy a conducted energy weapon (Taser) in order to safely bring the suspect into custody. He was taken to hospital to be medically assessed where he remains at this time.

The 29-year-old male will face charges of Assault with a Weapon and Possess Weapon.


Public Advisory – Turning in Firearms

Winnipeg Police offer a service whereby unwanted firearms can be turned in for destruction. Citizens interested in having firearms or ammunition safely removed from their homes are asked to call the Service's non-emergency number at 204-986-6222 to arrange a pick-up. During the summer a number of instances have been recorded where members of the public have brought firearms directly to police stations themselves.

For the safety of all concerned, under no circumstances should firearms or ammunition be transported or brought into police stations.


Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision — Investigation: C19-202358

On August 28, 2019, at approximately 9:15 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the 1000 block of McPhillips Street.  

A 71-year-old female was transported to hospital in critical condition and has since died as a result of her injuries.

It is believed that the female was struck by a vehicle travelling northbound on McPhillips Street. The vehicle remained on scene following the collision.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Traffic Division. Investigators are looking for possible witnesses to this collision. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Bitcoin Scam Warning

The Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crime Unit has identified a recent scam in Winnipeg involving bitcoin ATMs.

Posters have been located on or next to bitcoin ATMs informing users the Bitcoin ATMs are in the development of new software. Users are advised not to use their own bitcoin wallet to purchase and deposit bitcoin. They are directed to deposit purchased bitcoin into a wallet identified through a QR scan code on the poster.

By following instructions on the poster, users are purchasing bitcoin with their own money and giving the bitcoin to someone else. Users should be advised they will be unable to retrieve these funds after completing the transaction.

Investigators have confirmed that these posters have not been put up by the owners/operators of the bitcoin machines.

Before using a bitcoin ATM, you should familiarize yourself with cryptocurrency in general and how transactions work. You should only purchase and send bitcoin into your own wallet or the wallet of someone you know.

Users should never pay for outstanding bills by sending money through a bitcoin ATM. Government agencies including the CRA, Manitoba Hydro, the Police, and all Banks and Credit Unions do not accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.


Last Update: August 29, 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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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