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August 10, 2020 Media Release

Community Notification

The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Brett Russell Jeffrey PILCH, 55 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner.

PILCH will be released from Stony Mountain Institution, Manitoba on August 7, 2020 after serving a sentence for two counts of failing to comply with probation order. On March 1, 2018, he received a sentence of 29 months (in addition to 22 days of pre-trial custody credit). Upon release, PILCH is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

PILCH has a history of sexual related offences in relation to females, usually young adult women. Although he has attended sexual offender treatment in the past, PILCH is still considered high risk to re-offend. Adult females and older female children are at risk of sexual violence including harassment as well as possible physical sexual violence.

Background information:

Brett Russell Jeffrey PILCH is a 55 year-old male with a lengthy criminal record for making indecent phone calls (9 counts) , harassing phone calls (5 counts), utter threats (7 counts), sexual assault, criminal harassment (3 counts), assault, failing to comply with probation and recognizance (11 counts), and theft from mail (9 counts).

Over a period of approximately 30 years, PILCH has repeatedly engaged in predatory behaviour, where he has sexually harassed women with whom he has had no prior relationship, by repeated telephone calls that are sexually and physically threatening, and, by stalking behaviour. This harassing sexual conduct usually takes place over the telephone, but has, on occasion, taken the form of direct physical sexual violence. PILCH has repeatedly failed to comply with probation and recognizance orders by possessing and using a cell phone, having contact with females under 18 years and being involved in a relationship with a female while failing to notify his probation officer. He has also approached unknown females making sexually harassing and threatening comments, and, on occasion following the females as they tried to avoid contact with PILCH.

PILCH has served five federal sentences for his criminal behaviour described above.

PILCH will be released on August 7, 2020. He will be subject to the following conditions until August 6, 2022, including:
• Report to probation officer;
• Not to have contact with or be in the presence of any female actually or
apparently under the age of eighteen (18) years, except for unavoidable
encounters in a public place and except in the company of an adult approved
in writing, in advance, by Probation Services;
• Attend, complete and follow the rules of any assessment, treatment,
counselling, and/or community programming as directed by probation
officer;
• Not to possess weapons;
• Observe a curfew between 12 am and 6 am, except for verifiable emergencies
or when you are given special permission in writing, in advance, by your
probation officer, and be subject to curfew checks;
• Not to have contact and communication with any sex trade worker; and
• Not to attend any establishment featuring strippers.

Upon release, PILCH is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

PILCH has attended sex offender treatment programs, however, he is still considered high risk to re-offend sexually. Females, particularly young adult women and older female children, are at risk of sexual violence including harassment and physical violence.

This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification.


Homicide – Investigation: C20-187787

On August 9, 2020, at 1:18 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 1400 block of St. Matthews Avenue for a report of an assault. A male had been assaulted by a group of individuals who had since fled the area.

Upon arrival, officers located a male suffering from serious injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased victim has been identified as Anthony Evaristo Gonzales, a 30-year-old male of Winnipeg.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Human Remains – Investigation: C20-186701

On August 7, 2020, at 9:14 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 600 block of Henderson Highway for a report of partial human remains that had been discovered on the riverbank.

The identity and age of the remains are unknown at this time. The Forensic Identification Section and Chief Medical Examiner’s Office continue to investigate.


Assault with a Weapon – Investigation: C20-185558

On August 6, 2020, at 3:50 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the first 100 block of Keewatin Street for a report of an assault. A male had been stabbed while sitting outside of a hotel, and the suspect had fled.

Upon arrival, officers located a 57-year-old male with serious injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later upgraded to serious condition.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).


Aggravated Assault – Arrest: C20-186382

On August 7, 2020, at 2:07 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 800 block of Main Street for a report of an assault. A male had been observed assaulting another male, who was down on the ground.

Upon arrival, officers located a 28-year-old male with serious stab wound injuries. He was transported to hospital in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable condition.

At approximately 5: 51 p.m., a suspect was placed under arrest in the area of Dufferin Avenue and King Street. A knife and a small amount of methamphetamine were seized from the suspect.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation. It is believed that the victim had been aggressively and erratically confronting people in the area when he was stabbed.

Abdiazia Ahmed Saeed, a 39-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Aggravated Assault
- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine

He was detained in custody.


Carjacking – Investigation: C20-188132

On August 9, 2020, at 2:30 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a report of a carjacking in the 500 block of Sargent Avenue. Two males had approached a male victim and stole his vehicle at gunpoint. No shots were fired, and the victim was unharmed.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).


Assault Cause Bodily Harm – Investigation: C20-188311

On August 9, 2020, at 6:06 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 500 block of Waterfront Drive for a report of a male that had been stabbed.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured 37-year-old male. He was subsequently transported to hospital in unstable condition and was later upgraded to stable condition.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).


Carjacking – Arrest: C20-188485

On August 9, 2020, at 10:07 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Balmoral Street and Spence Street for a report of a carjacking. A medical marijuana courier was making a delivery when he was assaulted by a female suspect, who stole his keys and the vehicle.

The vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed and in an erratic manner. With the assistance of AIR1, the vehicle was located, and the suspect was arrested.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Caitlyn Marie Skead, a 27-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with;

- Robbery
- Flight While Pursued by Officer
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Fail to Comply with Release Order (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Undertaking
- Drive without a license or with invalid license

She was detained in custody.


Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C20-188628

On August 10, 2020, at 2:52 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Health Sciences Centre for a report of a 23-year-old female that had walked in with numerous stab wounds.

The victim remains in hospital in stable condition at this time.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).