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Winnipeg Police Service

March 11, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Stolen Vehicle/Weapons – Arrest: C19-48906

On March 7, 2019, at approximately 3:55 a.m., AIR1 was patrolling over Whittier Park when a suspicious vehicle was observed stuck in snow east of a baseball diamond in the park.

Soon after, the driver was able to free the vehicle. AIR1 began to track the vehicle and noted that the vehicle matched the description of a Toyota Corolla that had been stolen a week earlier from the Tyndall Park area.

A North District General Patrol unit was directed to the vehicle and ran the licence place as it travelled on Powers Street. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen and officers attempted a traffic stop, however the vehicle refused to stop and began to speed up.

Police units on the ground dropped back while AIR1 continued to track the vehicle. A tire deflation device (“Stop Stick”) was successfully deployed in the area of Main Street and Higgins Avenue which caused the vehicle’s tires to slowly deflate.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop after it got stuck at the entrance of a back lane near Cumberland Avenue and Kennedy Street. The male driver refused to exit the vehicle and continued to try to drive away. He was eventually extracted from the vehicle through the driver’s side window and safely taken into custody by Central District General Patrol members and the K9 Unit.

Inside the vehicle, officers found an 18-inch machete, break-in tools, a .270 Winchester ammunition cartridge and a small amount of methamphetamine.

It was later discovered that the male driver had been involved in a home invasion approximately 12 hours earlier in the Spence area where a machete was produced and two victims were injured. The investigation into that incident is still on-going.

Joseph Peter Hunter, a 19-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Theft of Motor Vehicle
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Break-In Instrument(s)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault Cause Bodily Harm
- Break Enter & Commit - Dwelling House

Hunter was also processed on an outstanding arrest warrant for:

- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.

Commercial Robberies – Public Assistance Requested: C19-42975 & C19-42999

Members of the Major Crimes Unit are requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a suspect responsible for two commercial robberies.

On February 27, 2019, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a male suspect entered a convenience store in the 500 block of Ellice Avenue while armed with a baseball bat. The male stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise and fled on foot.

At approximately 10:35 a.m., the male suspect entered a convenience store in the 500 block of Portage Avenue and threatened an employee. The male stole an undisclosed amount of merchandise and fled on foot.

The robberies were captured on video surveillance and investigators are releasing still images in an attempt to identify the suspect. Please note the suspect’s clothing and the fluorescent green bag in the second image.

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).

Fraud/Scam – Public Advisory

The Winnipeg Police Service wishes to inform the public of a scam that is believed to be targeting local phone numbers.

A scammer will call a victim purporting to be a criminal investigator and that money is owed to the Canada Revenue Agency. The victim is then told to dial the Winnipeg Police Service non-emergency line at 204-986-6222 (while the line is still open) to confirm that an investigation is underway.

The victim believes they have started a new call, but in reality, the scammer has remained on the line. The scammer then pretends to be a police officer and attempts to convince the victim to transfer a significant amount of money.

Below are some tips that can be used to help avoid these scams:

- Be cautious of any unexpected callers, such as a bank. Take reasonable steps to confirm the identities of people who call.
- The Canada Revenue Agency will never demand immediate payment by Interac e-transfer, bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards from retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, or others.
- They will also never use aggressive language or threaten you with arrest or sending the police.
- Do not assume phone numbers appearing on call display screens are accurate.

The Winnipeg Police Service encourages family members or friends to have discussions with their older loved ones to ensure they are not being targeted in this or any other scam.

More information, as well as well as a tool to report these scams, can be found at the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:

  • Last Update: March 11, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

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