August 10, 2022 Media Release
August 9, 2022, marks the 2nd-anniversary date of the murder of Anthony Evaristo GONZALES, a 30-year-old male of Winnipeg, which the Homicide Unit continues to investigate actively.
On August 9, 2020, at approximately 1:20 a.m., GONZALES was grievously assaulted by a group of unknown individuals outside an establishment in the 1400 block of St. Matthews Avenue. The suspects fled the area, and GONZALES subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
Investigators in the Homicide Unit believe numerous witnesses were present at the time and have valuable information that will assist in the investigation. The Gonzales family would like the investigation to be resolved to bring peace and closure to their family.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
On August 9, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Kildonan Place Shopping Mall located at 1555 Regent Avenue for the report of a male observed by mall security to be armed with a machete.
Officers from the East District attended and located the adult male suspect nearby, placing him under arrest without incident. The suspect was found to be in possession of a machete, a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle, and ammunition at the time of his arrest.
Officers believe the suspect attended the mall and was in the act of shoplifting when confronted by mall security. Security directed the male to leave the premises, noting the machete in his hand and prompting them to alert police. The suspect complied with the security officers’ request and left the mall without incident.
Cale Justice FIDDLER, 21, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2
- Possession of a Weapon
He was detained in custody.
On August 7, 2022, the Major Crimes Unit entered into an investigation regarding a shooting at a residence in the 300 block of Bonner Avenue.
During the investigation, officers identified an adult male suspect. On August 8, assisted by the Tactical Support Team, the Major Crimes Unit executed search warrants at the suspect’s residence in the 2700 block of Main Street.
Investigators seized several firearms, including a Girsan 9mm Luger handgun, ammunition, and spent shell casings.
Investigators believe the suspect attended a party at the residence on Bonner Avenue with an acquaintance and left the party early. After the acquaintance was involved in an altercation at the party, the suspect returned with a handgun and fired several rounds toward the residence from his vehicle. Stray rounds struck a parked vehicle and a neighbour’s residence. No injuries were reported.
On August 9, a 34-year-old male from Winnipeg was arrested and has been charged with the following offences:
- Discharge Firearm with Intent
- Pointing a Firearm
- Assault with a Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
He has been detained in custody.
The Major Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
On August 10, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 800 block of Main Street for the report of a male who had been stabbed.
Officers from the Central District attended and located a 65-year-old male victim suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. Emergency medical care was provided on scene by paramedics and did not require the victim to be transported to hospital.
Officers located an adult female matching the suspect's description at her residence and safely placed her under arrest.
It is believed the suspect stabbed the victim after he denied her a request for a cigarette. The suspect returned to her residence and caused a separate disturbance requiring police attendance. Officers attended and placed her under arrest for the initial assault.
The suspect and victim were not previously known to one another.
Leslie Dale COMEAULT, 42, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offence:
- Assault with a Weapon
She 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