January 14, 2022 Media Release

Homicides – Public Assistance Requested: C21-275286 & C21-287269

The Homicide Unit is asking the public and the media for their help with locating Thunder Lightning Fontaine, a 22-year-old male of Winnipeg, who is wanted for the shooting deaths of two individuals.

Fontaine is described as an Indigenous male, about 5’8” tall and weighing 170-180 pounds with a thin build. He has a tattoo of a teardrop below his right eye and the letters “D.N.G.” above it.

On November 24, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to an apartment suite in the 300 block of Mountain Avenue for a report of a male that had been injured. The victim, Angus John Maple, a 40-year-old male, was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased, and it was determined that he had been shot.

On December 9, 2021, at approximately  7:15 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the intersection of Stella Avenue and McGregor Street for a report of a male who had been shot. Officers located the victim, Anthony James Sinclair, a 35-year-old male, and he was transported to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. A second suspect has been arrested for his role in this incident, but Fontaine remains outstanding.

Investigators have obtained a pair of Canada-wide warrants for charges that include:

- First Degree Murder (Maple)
- Second Degree Murder (Sinclair)
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x4)

The public is cautioned not to approach Thunder Fontaine. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Homicide Unit investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Robbery with Firearm – Arrest: C22-8794

On January 13, 2022, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a robbery with a firearm at a grocery store in the 900 block of Portage Avenue.

Store staff reported seeing an adult male exit the store with stolen merchandise. They followed him outside when the accused pointed a handgun at the employees and fled the area.

Police were contacted, and numerous patrol units flooded the area. A Traffic Division Supervisor spotted the accused near Minto Street and Wolever Avenue, taking him into custody. All of the merchandise was recovered, no firearm was located.

Daniel Edward SIMPSON, 29, of Winnipeg, was charged with the following offences:

- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammo Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Use of a Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Pointing a Firearm
- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x 2
- Warrants for Theft Under x 2
- Warrant for Robbery, Fail to Comply with Release Order

He was detained in custody.

Commercial Robbery – Arrest: C22-9256

On January 13, 2022, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a commercial break-in at a vehicle rental location in the 1500 block of Erin Street.
AIR1 quickly established visual containment as a suspect was observed fleeing through the parking lot and discarding property along the way. The suspect was observed climbing over trailers and fleeing the area.

AIR1 continued to monitor the suspect’s movements and provided his direction of travel to ground units in the area. He was located and taken into custody near Wall Street and Notre Dame Avenue.

Keegan Blair ASSINIBOINE, a 27-year-old male of Winnipeg, was charged with Break Enter and Theft to a Place and Fail to Comply Release Order x 2.

He was detained in custody.

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