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December 17, 2018

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Update: Suspicious Male Circumstances — Public Safety Advisory

Bell MTS has confirmed that door to door marketers were in the Transcona area on the date of this incident, and are working again this week. Bell MTS representatives can be identified as follows: 

  • They will be wearing a visible lanyard with photo id displayed
  • They will be wearing an article of clothing with a visible Bell MTS logo displayed
  • They must identify themselves and provide their name upon request

Previous release:
On December 13, 2018, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a suspicious male in the area of Plessis Rd. and Pandora Ave. W. The reporter, a 46-year-old female, advised at approximately 7:45 p.m., a male knocked at her door, stated that he was from MTS, and requested to be let into the residence. The homeowner refused to allow the male entry, advising she was not interested. After a short time, the male left without incident.

Robbery — Arrests: C180277733

On December 16, 2018, at approximately 12:35 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 700 block of Corydon Avenue. The suspects were described as a male with a gun and a female carrying a bag. Both fled on foot with cigarettes, lottery tickets, and cash. Upon observing a witness following them, the male suspect pointed a firearm at the witness.

West District general patrol officer, Tactical Support, Air1, and a K9 unit responded. They were led by a witness to an area the suspects were last seen. After a short search, officers located a male and female suspect running. Both were taken into custody in the area of Jessie Avenue and Nassau Street North. A replica firearm and the stolen items were recovered.

Officers learned both suspects were responsible for a robbery on December 15, 2018, at a gas station in the first 100 of Osborne Street in which the male, armed with a firearm, and the female obtained cash.

No victims were injured in either incident.

John Raven WARD, a 34-year-old male has been charged with:

  • Armed Robbery Using a Firearm X2
  • Carry Concealed Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition X2
  • Possess Weapon X2
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Canada Wide Warrant - Parole Revocation

Courtney Marie FRIESEN, a 28-year-old female of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Armed Robbery Using a Firearm X2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Both have been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

Drugs — Arrest: C180278240

On December 16, 2018, at approximately 5:20 p.m., North District officers observed a suspicious vehicle in the rear lane of the 700 block of Sheppard Avenue. The vehicle was running and did not have active registration, nor did the female registered owner.

Officers approached the vehicle and located an adult male in the driver's seat. Officer's instructed the male to exit the vehicle. He did not respond but began rummaging around inside the vehicle.  Officers opened the driver's side door and repeatedly instructed the driver to exit the vehicle to which he eventually complied.

The male was found to be in possession of brass knuckles/folding knife and had four outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Officers located approximately 36 grams of Methamphetamine on the floor of the vehicle.

Kevin Raymond YESTRAU, a 36-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Possess of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance X2
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order X4
  • Warrant - Fail to Attend Court
  • Warrant - Fail to Comply with Probation Order
  • Warrant - Theft Under $5000
  • Warrant - Possess Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 & Fail to Comply with Recognizance

2018 Festive Season Checkstop Program – Week 2 Results

The Festive Season Checkstop program is on the road for 2018 and will run every day for the month of December, including New Year’s Eve. Motorists can expect to see more police officers on the streets of Winnipeg enforcing Impaired Driving legislation.

Impaired driving continues to be the #1 criminal cause of death in Canada, yet it is 100% preventable. The recent legalization of Cannabis has brought forward further concerns surrounding drug-impaired driving.  It's important to know that driving while impaired by Cannabis, is a crime. In preparation for legalization, the Winnipeg Police Service increased the number of officers trained to detect and arrest drug-impaired drivers.

Our message is simple - if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DON’T DRIVE.

Week 2 (Saturday, December 8 to Friday, December 14) results:

  • 2106 cars stopped
  • 69 Roadside breath tests administered resulting in 12 warns and 1 fail
  • 14 Impaired driving related charges (1 Drug Impaired Driver)
  • 1 Cannabis positive Oral Fluid Device test
  • 5 non-driving related criminal arrests
  • 50 Provincial Offence Act tickets were issued

The Winnipeg Police Service would like everyone to have a safe and enjoyable festive season. 

The 2018 Festive Checkstop program is made possible through our supporting partner, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.

Mandatory Alcohol Screening

Under the current law, police officers must have reasonable suspicion that a driver has alcohol in their body before doing any roadside testing.

On December 18, 2018, police officers who have an approved screening device on hand will be able to test a breath sample of any driver they lawfully stop, even without reasonable suspicion that the driver has alcohol in their body.

A driver who refuses to provide a breath sample will be subject to the criminal offence of "refusal".

Research suggests that up to 50% of drivers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit are not detected at roadside checkstops. Mandatory alcohol screening will assist in deterring individuals impaired by alcohol from driving, as well as better detect those who do.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind everyone not to drink and drive.

    • Last UpdateDecember 17, 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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