May 2, 2022 Media Release

Cryptocurrency Scams Advisory

The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) would like to advise the public of a recent increase in cryptocurrency investment scams. These scams promise an incredible financial return on investment within a short period of time. Multiple reports have been received whereby victims have suffered significant financial losses.

In two recent investigations, the WPS Cybercrime Investigation Team, with the support of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, traced the fraudulent crypto assets to cryptocurrency accounts held by foreign actors overseas.

As a result, of these investigations, crypto-assets totalling 0.363091 BTC (approximately $18,000 in Canadian funds based on the current value of BTC),) and 0.34 BTC (approximately $17 000 in Canadian funds based on the current value of BTC),) were recovered by the WPS and returned to the victims. 

In these particular instances, the victim’s funds were recovered; however, crypto assets are difficult to track and often impossible to recover.

Potential investors should ensure they are dealing with a reputable entity before making any financial transactions.

Further information on cryptocurrency scams can be found on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.

https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

Commercial Robbery – Arrest: C22-89481

On May 1, 2022, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a commercial robbery at a hotel in the 200 block of Main Street.

A male in his twenties entered the front lobby while wielding an axe in front of staff. The employees retreated to safety, and the suspect proceeded to steal cash, then fled on foot.

General Patrol Units and the Tactical Support Team conducted an area search; the Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation.

Investigators subsequently identified a suspect who was later taken into custody at a residence in the 100 block of Clarke Street.

Justin Leonard OSBORNE, 28, of Winnipeg, was charged with Robbery, Weapon-related and Court Order-related offences. He was detained in custody.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C22-89503

Update:

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Traffic Division has now identified and charged the driver involved in a fatal motor vehicle collision at Bond Street and Kildare Avenue West during the early morning hours of May 1.

Tyler Scott GOODMAN, 28, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:

- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death
- Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death While Impaired to Any Degree by BAC or Drug or a Combination of Both
- Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident Knowing that or Reckless as to Whether They Were Involved in an Accident Causing Death

The investigation continues by members of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-7085.

As previously released:

On May 1, 2022, at approximately 2:20 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Bond Street and Kildare Avenue West.

The 24-year-old female driver of one of the vehicles had to be extracted by WFPS responders. She was conveyed to a hospital in critical condition; however, she succumbed to her injuries. The driver and occupants of the other vehicle fled the scene.

A number of witnesses to the incident have been interviewed; however, investigators are looking to speak with anyone who has information regarding the crash.

Homicide – Investigation: C22-89437

Update:

The Homicide Unit took over an investigation regarding an adult male who was shot and killed inside a hotel bar in the 300 block of Smith Street shortly after midnight on May 1, 2022.

The deceased victim has now been identified as Ryan Mitchell SPENCE, 39, of Winnipeg.

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


Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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