September 21, 2022 Media Release

Vehicle Inspection Education & Enforcement

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Vehicle Inspection Section (VIU) works in close partnership with the commercial vehicle community and MPI Vehicle Standards to keep Winnipeg roadways safe through education and enforcement. This includes:

  • Conducting commercial vehicle safety inspections.
  • Enforcing of city, provincial and federal; bylaws and regulations.
  • Assisting with oversized loads.
  • Conducting roadside safety checks on light (under 4500 kg) vehicles.

https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/traffic/inspections.stm

On September 16, 2022, the VIU provided education and implemented enforcement at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility in response to insecure loads falling onto the roadway and trucks failing to stop at the stop sign at Eathan Boyer Way.

Overall 65 trucks (commercial and light trucks) were stopped as a result of bearing insecure/overweight loads or failing to follow the rules of the road (failing to stop, dangerous driving). Thirty-two (32) offences were recorded under the provincial offence act. 

Drivers are reminded to follow speed limits, traffic signs and always secure their loads, including an allowable weight. The public can anticipate police presence in this area for the purpose of education, enforcement and safety measures. 

Robbery – Investigation: C22-216242

On September 18, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of a male in distress in a back alley in the 500 block of Balmoral Street.

Central District General Patrol officers located an unconscious 59-year-old adult male suffering from upper body injuries. Officers provided emergency medical care before paramedics arrived. The male was transported to hospital in unstable condition and subsequently upgraded to stable.

Investigators learned the victim had attended a nearby financial institution accompanied by an adult female known to him and withdrew cash. After leaving the bank, they walked northbound on Balmoral Street when an unknown adult male confronted him. He was assaulted and robbed of his money, and the suspect fled.

The investigation continues with the Major Crimes Unit, and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on the identification of this suspect, please call the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). 

Assault – Investigation: C22-218307

On September 20, 2022, at 9:57 p.m., North District General Patrol officers responded to the area of Keewatin Street and Logan Avenue for a report of a male that had been assaulted.

Upon arrival, officers located a male victim (in his 20s) at a nearby restaurant who had been stabbed several times and suffered the effects of bear spray. Emergency first aid was administered, including the use of three tourniquets. He was transported to a hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.

A female victim (in her 20s) was found nearby and had also been assaulted, suffering minor injuries. She did not require medical assistance at the scene.

It is believed that the two victims, who are acquittances, were walking in the area of McKelvey Street and Logan Avenue when confronted by a group who assaulted them.

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

Robbery – Arrests: C22-217384

On September 19, 2022, at 11:44 p.m., East District General Patrol officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit and AIR1, responded to the 500 block of St. Mary’s Road for a report of a male and female both believed to be armed with a firearm and chasing a male. A gunshot had also been heard.

Upon arrival, officers could not locate a victim but were later flagged down by a witness who reported seeing a female on the hood of a nearby vehicle.

They attended the area and found a male (in his 20s) who reported driving on St. Mary’s Road when a female stepped out in front of his vehicle and jumped on it. A male then approached and robbed him of his car at gunpoint.

While officers were on the scene with the victim, the stolen vehicle drove past and crashed into a nearby utility pole. Two suspects fled the car, but with the support of AIR1 and ground units, both were located attempting to hide in the neighbourhood. Two weapons were recovered – a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle and a replica airsoft handgun.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued the investigation. They determined that a second robbery had occurred before the vehicle was stolen, resulting in the initial 911 call of the male being chased.

A male victim (in his 30s) had been in the area when two suspects confronted him at gunpoint. They demanded his property, and when the victim ran, a shot was fired in his direction. The victim was uninjured and fled but did not initially report the incident.

Zackary Joseph Myron Roulette, a 27-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x2)
- Pointing a Firearm (x2)
- Discharge a Firearm with Intent
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment

He was detained in custody.

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

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x2)
- Pointing a Firearm (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon

She was released on an Undertaking (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

Robbery – Arrests: C22-218310

On September 20, 2022, at 10:00 p.m., West District General Patrol officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, responded to the 200 block of Queen Street for a report of a robbery at gunpoint.

Upon arrival, officers located two victims – a male (in his 20s) and a female (in her 20s). The two friends reported being in the area when confronted at gunpoint by two suspects (a male and a female). Both victims were robbed of their belongings, and the male victim was struck with a firearm.

As a result of the investigation, officers were led to a residence in the 300 block of King Edward Street, where they located two suspects and placed them under arrest. Banking cards belonging to both victims were recovered, and a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle was seized.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Detectives identified the male as a suspect in another robbery that occurred on September 19, 2022, at approximately 7:20 p.m. near Berry Street and Ellice Avenue. A male (in his 40s) and a female (in her 40s) were in the area walking when confronted by a male who displayed a firearm in his waistband and robbed them of money.

Byron William Harper, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x2)
- Robbery (x2)
- Pointing a Firearm
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x2)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Use of Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)

Rayleen Wood, a 24-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm (x2)
- Use of Credit Card

They were 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