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Winnipeg Police Service

March 19, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Carjacking — Arrest: C19-58360

On March 19, 2019, at approximately 12:00 a.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a carjacking in the area of Burrows Av and McPhillips St.  The victim, a 65-year-old female, advised she was stopped at a red light when a lone male got into the front seat of her vehicle, grabbed her wrist and told her to drive.  The suspect produced a knife and the victim, fearing for her safety, complied with the suspect's demands. 

The victim drove the suspect to various streets in the area, after which the suspect instructed her to drop him off at the corner of Aikins St. and the south back lane of Hartford Ave.  The victim complied with the suspect's demands and dropped him off after which she left the area. 

The suspect, while visibly intoxicated,  approached a General Patrol unit at the rear of the North District police station and informed them that he had consumed methamphetamine and requested to go to the Main Street Project. 

The male was detained by Police and transported to the Health Science Centre to be checked by medical staff.  While at the Health Science Centre officers learned that he was a suspect in the above-mentioned carjacking incident and he was placed under arrest.

Lance William LAQUETTE, a 33-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Kidnapping
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Possess Weapon for Dangerous Purpose

He has been detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.


Firearm — Investigation: C19-56988

UPDATE:

Mitchell Dean BEARDY, a 38-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with Aggravated Assault of a Peace Officer,  Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine and a number of firearm offences.

At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of individually packaged baggies each containing approximately 6.6 grams of cocaine with a street value of approximately $600 and one 9mm bullet.

He has been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

As previously released:
On March 17, 2019, at approximately 2:40 a.m., an off duty officer reported being confronted by a male armed with a gun. The officer advised he was walking in the 100 block of Garry Street when he was approached by a male who struck up a conversation. After a brief exchange, the officer entered his personal vehicle. As the officer began to drive away, he observed the male produce a gun and point it in his direction. No shots were fired and the officer immediately left the area and called 911.

Officers attended and searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The investigation continued by members of the Major Crimes Unit.

On March 18, 2019, in the early afternoon, an adult male matching the suspect's description was located in the downtown area and taken into custody. He remains in custody at this time.

Downtown safety is top of mind for many in our community, including our own police community where nearly 70% of our resources are located.

We remind the public that the Downtown BIZ offers a SafeWalk program to escort anyone in the downtown area to their car or bus stop from 8 a.m. - Midnight.

The most effective measure you can take to protect yourself against crime is to stay alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in a situation or place, leave immediately and notify the police.

For more information on personal safety visit: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/takeaction/safety_street.stm


  • Last Update: March 19, 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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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