February 28, 2022 Media Release

Homicide – Arrests: C22-32332

Update:

Detectives with the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit have arrested three suspects in the murder of 19-year-old John Lloyd BARRION, who was killed in the early morning hours of February 15, 2022.

William Arthur SAMPSON, 51, was arrested on February 25, 2022, after a search warrant was executed at a residence in the Grant Park neighbourhood. He has been charged with:

- Second Degree Murder
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Carry Concealed Weapon/Prohibited Device
- Possess Firearm, Restricted Weapon Contrary to Prohibition Order x 8

Ryan Jeron SMITH, 40, was arrested on February 25, 2022, outside a residence in the William Whyte neighbourhood after a brief traffic pursuit. He has been charged with:

- Second Degree Murder
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited
- Possess Prohibited/Restricted Weapon
- Possess Firearm, Restricted Weapon Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order x 2

Robert Gordon FRANCIS, 37, was arrested on February 16, 2022, in a traffic stop initiated by a K9 unit. He has been charged with:

- Manslaughter
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Accessory After the Fact to Murder
- Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle

All three were detained in custody.

As previously released:

On February 15, 2022, at approximately 3:10 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of an injured male at a beer vendor located in the 1400 block of Notre Dame Avenue. The victim was transported to hospital in unstable condition, where he succumbed to his injuries.

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

Homicide – Arrest: C22-40305

Update:

On February 26, 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a media release about a homicide that had occurred early that morning. The deceased has been identified as 22-year-old Jorden James BATEMAN of Winnipeg.

Later that morning, detectives in the Homicide Unit arrested and charged 21-year-old Jonathan Dakota Cree CHASKE of Winnipeg with Second Degree Murder.

Investigators have determined that the deceased and the accused were previously known to each other.

CHASKE was detained in custody.

As previously released:

On February 26, 2022, at approximately 12:55 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an assault at a residence in the 500 block of Toronto Street. Officers located an injured adult male. He was conveyed to the hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.

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).

Shooting – Investigation: C22-41722

On February 28, 2022, at approximately 4:45 a.m., General Patrol officers responded to a shooting in front of an apartment building in the 500 block of Elgin Avenue.

Officers observed the windows shot out of the apartment vestibule and they followed a blood trail leading to a suite. Two adult females were located injured. One of the females
had been shot in the upper body and was transported to hospital in critical condition, while the other female was transported unstable. Both victims are now stable. 

The two victims report being shot at while standing in front of the building waiting for the door to open. The suspect appeared to be a male who was unknown to the victims. He subsequently fled westbound.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information to assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C22-41560

On February 27, 2022, at 8:03 p.m., Central District General Patrol officers responded to a shelter in the South Point Douglas area for a report of a male inside the building threatening people with a knife.

While officers were en route, a second call was received stating that the male had attempted to stab an employee, and staff had him restrained on the ground. He was taken into custody soon after.

It is believed that the male had been attempting to use a drug substance when he was asked to leave and struck a staff member in the head (while holding a knife). He then unfolded the weapon and aggressively approached another staff member before being taken to the ground and disarmed.

Nathaniel Sean Capay, a 23-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Assault with a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Undertaking

He was detained in custody.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-41587

On February 27, 2022, at 9:10 p.m., Central District General Patrol officers, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and AIR1, responded to a shelter in the South Point Douglas area for a report of a male in psychosis that was believed to be armed with a firearm.

Upon arrival, officers located the male inside the building and safely took him into custody with a Conducted Energy Weapon (“Taser”). He was found to be in possession of bear spray and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

A 26-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:

- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order (x2)

He was released on an Appearance Notice (as mandated by the Criminal Code) and conveyed to a hospital for medical assessment-related reasons.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-41304

On February 27, 2022, at approximately 11:45 a.m., North District Community Support Unit members were in the 500 block of Magnus Avenue when they observed a male known to them as part of a firearms investigation. A traffic stop was conducted, and the male was safely taken into custody.

A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a loaded .22 calibre revolver.

A 28-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

The male is not being named at this time for investigative reasons. He was detained in custody.

Drug Offence – Arrest: C22-41442

In February 2022, members of the Guns & Gangs Unit began a drug trafficking investigation into the activities of a male residing in the 100 block of Inkster Boulevard.

During the evening of February 27, 2022, a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at the residence with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team.

The male was safely taken into custody. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 4.8 ounces of cocaine (with an estimated street value of about $10,000) and body armour.

A 21-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possess body armour without a valid permit or in a manner inconsistent with the valid permit (The Body Armour and Fortified Vehicle Control Act)

He was released on an Appearance Notice (as mandated by the Criminal Code).


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