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Winnipeg Police Service

March 20, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision —Investigation: C19-59697

On March 20, 2019, at approximately 3:00 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the area of Osborne Street and Morley Avenue. 

An adult male has been taken to hospital in critical condition, where he remains at this time.

Members of the Traffic Division continue to investigate.  
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or can provide further information is asked to contact the Traffic Division at (204)986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at (204)786-TIPS (8477).

Extortion — Arrests: C18-41486

On February 27th, 2018 members of the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit entered into an investigation regarding a Kidnapping and Extortion incident. Officers received information that an adult male had been kidnapped, and a video had been sent electronically to his parents in China.  In the video, the kidnappers demanded a large amount of cash from the male's parents and were given a time period to produce the money. 

Investigators from the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes and Tech Crimes Unit were able to locate the alleged victim of the kidnapping at a residence in the 100 block of Arden Avenue Winnipeg, MB.  The alleged victim was found unharmed, with no signs of duress. 
Further investigation by Police revealed that the alleged victim in this matter had staged the kidnapping incident to falsely obtain money from his parents.  The investigation by the Major Crimes Unit shifted from a Kidnapping incident to Public Mischief and Extortion investigation. 

On March 1, 2018, Yang XI, 31 years old of Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

  • Extortion
  • Public Mischief

The ongoing investigation by the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit revealed Yang XI was working with an adult male accomplice in this matter. 

On March 19, 2019, Ji ZHANG, 24 years old, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Extortion
  • Public Mischief

He was detained in custody.

Robbery — Arrest: C19-54283

On March 13, 2019, at approximately 5:20 p.m. Winnipeg Police received a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 500 block of William Avenue. The employee advised that a male entered the store, indicated he was a police officer and was there to commit a robbery, opened a number of drawers and stole an unknown quantity of cigarettes.

Major Crimes Unit members identified as male as being responsible for a number of similar robberies in the past, including:

  • October 20, 2018, the suspect entered the same store, indicated he was a police officer, walked behind the employee counter and stole two packages of cigarettes.
  • November 13, 2018, the suspect entered a grocery store in the 500 block of Main Street, went behind an employee counter, identified himself as a police officer and attempted to remove cigarettes from a shelf. The female employee attempted to physically stop the suspect however he pushed her to the ground, grabbed a small number of cigarettes and fled.
  • November 23, 2018, the suspect entered the same convenience store in the 500 block of William Avenue, as previous. He walked behind the counter, told an employee he was getting cigarettes, grabbed a few packs of cigarettes and fled.
  • March 10, 2019, the suspect again entered the convenience store in the 500 block of William Avenue and walked directly behind the counter. An employee advised she was calling the police and the suspect stated he was the police. He stole a small number of cigarette and fled.

In three incidents, the suspected attempted to his identity by wearing different clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

On March 20, 2019, the suspect was located and placed under arrest. Dariusz Tomasz WOJCZYNSKI, 38-years-old of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Robbery X2
  • Disguise with Intent X3
  • Theft Under X3
  • Personating Peace Officer X4
  • Fail to Comply with Undertaking

He has been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

  • Last Update: March 21, 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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