August 13, 2020 Media Release
On August 11, 2020, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a male armed with a knife who had confronted two girls in their mid-teens. The suspect initially came into contact with the girls in the area of Stella Avenue and McKenzie Street. He grabbed the girls' cell phones, and a brief physical confrontation took place.
The suspect grabbed one of the girls and pulled her through several yards to an open industrial area where she was seriously sexually assaulted.
Responding officers located the second victim who had reported the incident to the police, unharmed, in the area of Powers Street and Flora Avenue. The first victim was found in the area a short time later. She was taken to hospital and treated for her injuries.
This incident occurred between approximately 4 – 4:30 a.m. The suspect is described as:
- Male, Indigenous in appearance
- Approximately 20 to 30 years old
- Wearing shorts to his knees, a fanny pack around his chest, grey or purple shirt and dark coloured runners.
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).
On August 13, 2020, at approximately 12:40 a.m. Winnipeg Police responded to a serious incident that occurred in the 100 block of Higgins Avenue.
Responding officers found an adult female in the green space located at the Northeast corner of Main Street and Higgins Avenue, suffering from severe injuries as a result of an assault. The victim was transported to hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
Investigators are asking to speak with anyone who may have been in the area of Higgins and Main during the late evening or early morning hours of August 12 – 13.
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).