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April 16, 2018

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Third Party Reporting of Sexual Assault Offences

The Winnipeg Police Service, in partnership with Klinic Community Health Centre, Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk) and Sage House (Mount Carmel Clinic) is pleased to announce the development of a new protocol in the City of Winnipeg for survivors of sexual abuse. Third Party Reporting offers survivors the option of reporting the details of their case anonymously to the WPS through a third-party Community Based Victim Services Agency.

The WPS recognizes the potential advantages of Third Party Reporting, and believes that this initiative is a step forward in addressing the serious issue of the under-reporting of sexual assault cases. This new reporting system will support survivors of sexual assault by addressing some of the barriers that have contributed to under-reporting.

Through this process, a person who does not wish to take part in a police investigation, or become involved in court proceedings, will have the option of completing a report anonymously through one of the three community based partner agencies involved in the initiative.

The information contained in the reports will be received by police, but the identity of the person will not be disclosed. The reports will be disseminated within the WPS for informational purposes, and will be entered into the VICLAS system which is a national database designed to track violent offenders. This may enable police to identify offenders or trends that might otherwise have gone unreported.

Third party reporting does not replace traditional reporting. It is an alternative for survivors of sexual abuse. Due to the nature of the reporting process, most cases received by police will be for informational purposes only, and the persons named in the reports will not be interviewed by police.

The agencies involved in this initiative are:

  • Klinic Community Health Centre, 870 Portage Avenue
  • Sage House (Mount Carmel Clinic), 886 Main Street
  • Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk), 455 McDermot Avenue.

The Manitoba RCMP has developed a similar protocol alongside Community Based Victim Service providers, which will ultimately afford survivors in rural areas the option of making a Third Party Report anywhere in the province.

Robbery - Arrest: C18-71112

On April 8, 2018, at approximately 6:25 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to the report of an injured male in the area of Parr Street and Selkirk Avenue. 

General Patrol members and located a 50-year-old male with a stab wound to the upper body. He was transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable.

Officers learned that the victim was standing outside of his rental car in the area of Sargent Avenue and Lipton Street when he was approached by two people. One of the people produced a knife, pointed it at the victim and demanded a ride. In the vehicle, the same suspect sat behind the victim, continuing to threaten him with a knife, and directed him where to drive. The victim was ultimately directed to the back lane of Selkirk Avenue where the suspects demanded his money and car keys. When the victim advised that he did not have any money, one of the suspects slashed the victim in the chest with the knife. The victim was then forced to hand over his bank cards and pin numbers.

The victim as released and the suspects fled with the vehicle.

On April 13, 2018, at approximately 12:45 a.m., Air1 observed the stolen vehicle being driven erratically in the area of Parr Street and Mountain Avenue. The occupants fled the vehicle and general patrol and K9 members were directed to their location by Air1.

Cody Henry BOUSQUET, a 27-year-old male, was arrested and has been charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, and Fail to Comply with Probation Order X3.

Demaris Angel Rose FLETT, a 20-year-old female, was arrested and has been charged with Public Mischief, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 and Fail to Comply with Recognizance X2.

Both were remanded into custody.

On April 14, 2018, one of the suspects from the robbery was located and arrested.

Barry Shane STEVENSON, a 30-year-old male, has been charged with Assault with a Weapon and Robbery. He was detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

A second suspect remains outstanding.

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).

    • Last Update: April 16, 2018

Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer

Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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