October 4, 2022 Media Releases

Firearm – Arrest: C22-229426

On October 3, 2022, at 3:51 a.m., Central District General Patrol members responded to the 1400 block of Alexander Avenue for a report of a male with a gun inside a residence.

Soon after officers arrived, they observed a male and female leaving the house. The pair initially ignored police instructions but were safely taken into custody, and a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle was seized from the ground below them.

Several other individuals left the house and were stopped by officers, including a 20-year-old male arrested for an unrelated shooting in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street on September 29, 2022 (see the other media release from October 4, 2022) and a 13-year-old female who was missing.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

The male (believed to have left the house with the sawed-off .22 calibre rifle) was also arrested for an unrelated carjacking on May 6, 2022, in the Daniel McIntyre neighbourhood.

A 17-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of a Weapon
- Robbery

He was detained.

Aggravated Assault – Update: C22-226016

Update:

The Major Crimes Unit has made an additional arrest in the shooting of a male (in his 50s) in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street on September 29, 2022.

On October 3, 2022, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a male suspect was taken into custody during an unrelated firearm incident in the 1400 block of Alexander Avenue (see the other media release from October 4, 2022).

Norman Leonard Thompson, a 20-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Aggravated Assault

He was detained.

As previously released:

On September 29, 2022, at 3:34 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 400 block of Sherbrook Street for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male (in his 50s) outside a residential building. He was subsequently transported to a hospital in critical condition and was later upgraded to stable condition.

It is believed that a group had forced their way into a suite when the victim was sprayed with bear spray and shot.

At 4:38 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the first 100 block of Westgrove Way for a report of a male armed with a firearm. Bear spray had also been discharged inside a house.

Numerous people, including several small children, were affected by the bear spray but did not require medical attention.

It is believed that a group had forced their way into the residence when a female victim (in her 30s) had a firearm pointed at her, and a demand was made for her property.

At approximately 6:40 a.m., officers still on scene in the first 100 block of Westgrove Way observed a male suspect in the area and took him into custody.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the matter.

Damian James Tod, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
- Break & Enter with Intent - Dwelling House

He was detained, and both incidents remain under investigation.

Drug Offences – Arrest: C22-229472

On October 3, 2022, at approximately 7:30 a.m., a West District General Patrol unit proactively attended a suite of an apartment building in the 800 block of Sterling Lyon Parkway to conduct a compliance check of a male bound by conditions of a Release Order.

Officers located an adult female in the suite, contrary to a no-contact condition. A search of the residence (conducted according to the Release Order) resulted in the seizure of many items, including the following:

- 492.6 grams of cocaine (with an estimated street value of $20,000)
- $30,355 in Canadian currency
- A luxury watch (with an estimated value of $17,000)
- A money counting machine
- Electronic scales
- Score sheets
- Packaging materials
- Four mobile phones

Jemar Floyd Barros Recina, a 21-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x2)

He was detained.

Manitoba Legislative Building

This afternoon, the Winnipeg Police Service provided a safe work environment for Manitoba Legislative Security Officers to dismantle the structures located on the north grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. 
 
Yesterday, police were on site in response to information that occupants were bringing in building materials to expand the north camp’s footprint by building a new tipi.
 
Poles were laid on the ground forming a border to delineate their claimed space. Legislative Security Officers and police advised participants to cease bringing in the materials as it was contrary to The Legislative Security Act. Despite verbal warnings, the group formed a long human chain, preventing officers from carrying out their duties and providing cover for the individuals bringing in materials such as wooden poles 30 feet in length.
 
Subsequently, seven adults were arrested and charged with the following offences:
 
- Obstruct Peace Officer
- Deposit Items in Legislative Precinct That Support Extended Stay
 
A 27-year-old male, Tyler DEMARCHUK
A 34-year-old male, Patrick NEILEN
A 45-year-old male, Aaron Lee DUMAS
A 55-year-old male, Eduardo Alberto BARAHONA
A 35-year-old female, Krystal Lisa Kerriann JENSEN
A 36-year-old female, Monique CUSSON
A 39-year-old female, Ashley CATCHEWAY
 
The Winnipeg Police Service recognizes and honours that today is the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ+ (MMIWG2S+). The Winnipeg Police and Manitoba Government officials made the decision to dismantle the camp today as a result of escalating threats of bodily harm, the indication of weapons and aggressive behaviour by north camp occupants.

An assembly to honour the National Day of Action for MMIWG2S+ at the Legislative Grounds was able to proceed without interruption.

Once the MMIWG2S+ assembly dissipated, police cleared participants from the north camp to enable Manitoba Government officials to safely and without interruption de-commission the north camp in its entirety.

Weapons were located at the site.


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