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Winnipeg Police Service

May 24, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Convicted Sex Offender — Released from Custody

The Winnipeg Police Service has been advised that convicted sex offender, Vincent RAIN, a 52-year-old male, was released from federal custody on May 23, 2019. He is residing in the City of Winnipeg under Statutory Release conditions and parole supervision.

RAIN is considered to be a risk to re-offend sexually against all females.

This information is provided to enable members of the public to take suitable measures to protect themselves.  Any form of vigilante activity or other unreasonable conduct directed at Mr. RAIN will not be tolerated.


Armed and Barricaded – Update/Arrest: C19-114688

As previously released:

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 1:15 p.m., East District General Patrol officers responded to a firearm-related incident at a residence in the Chalmers area.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., a vehicle was involved in a collision on the Nairn Overpass, and a male suspect fled on foot. A short time later, the male was observed to enter a residence in the 400 block of Nairn Avenue and made a threat to shoot officers.

Members of the Tactical Support Team arrived a short time later and began to treat the incident as an armed and barricaded situation. Throughout the course of the afternoon and evening, three individuals were safely removed from the residence.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., officers observed a fire within the residence that quickly became well involved. Tactical Support Team officers approached the house while it was on fire and forced entry to a fortified window to grab hold of the male suspect and pull him to safety.

Update:

The male suspect was taken to hospital for precautionary reasons and was treated for smoke inhalation. He was later transported to the Winnipeg Police Service HQ where members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

It is believed that the male suspect was involved in several matters before the incident in the 400 block of Nairn Avenue.

On May 14, 2019, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a 28-year-old male was carjacked of his vehicle in the area of Cavalier Drive and Portage Avenue.

Sometime between May 21 and May 23, 2019, licence plates were stolen from a vehicle in the 400 block of Talbot Avenue.

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a firearm-related incident at a residence in the Chalmers area that may have involved the male suspect.

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 1:42 p.m., a male suspect attended a store in the 900 block of Nairn Avenue where he stole approximately $330 in merchandise.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the male suspect was operating the stolen vehicle, with the stolen licence plates affixed to it, in the area of the Nairn Overpass. The male was driving at a high rate of speed, running traffic signal devices and travelling in an oncoming lane prior to colliding with another vehicle on the overpass. These actions were observed by officers who had already been in the area for the firearms-related incident.

The male fled from officers who gave chase. At one point, the male turned to the officers, grabbed at his waistband and told them that he would shoot them. He then ran uninvited into a residence in the 400 block of Nairn Avenue which was occupied by four adults.

One adult fled the residence soon after; however, members of the Tactical Support Team were utilized to remove the three remaining individuals from the residence safely.

The male suspect proceeded to remain in the house and refused to exit for approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes. During this time, numerous police resources were deployed to the area to ensure the safety of the public.

At approximately 8:10 p.m., the male suspect started a fire inside the residence that quickly spread through the main and second floors. Officers could hear the male yelling for help and saying that he was burning alive. Members of the Tactical Support Team approached the residence and broke a window with metal security bars to remove the male and pull him to safety.

The fire-damaged house was deemed a total loss and it is believed that a cat may have perished in the fire. Damages are estimated at $100,000.

Gordon William Kovich, a 29-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit - Dwelling House
- Arson Causing Damage to Property
- Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited
- Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Theft Under $5000

He was also processed on outstanding arrest warrants for charges that include:

- Fail to Comply with Probation Order (x2)
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x7)
- Fail to Attend Court – Recognizance by Judge/Justice
- Public Mischief

Kovich was detained in custody.

The Winnipeg Police Service would again like to acknowledge the cooperation of the public and the media for allowing our officers to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.


Serious Motor Vehicle Collision – Investigation: C19-114469

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 3:20 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the intersection of Lagimodière Boulevard and Sage Creek Boulevard for a report of a collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle.

The driver of the motorcycle, a male in his 20’s, suffered serious injuries and was transported to hospital in critical condition where he remains at this time. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and met with officers.

It is believed that both the motorcycle and the vehicle had been southbound on Lagimodière Boulevard when the collision occurred.

Investigators are asking that anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have information concerning the incident contact the Traffic Division at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C19-113685

On May 22, 2019, at approximately 5:10 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the 500 block of Langside Street for the report of a firearm that had been discharged.

A short time later, officers located a vehicle in the 400 block of Young Street that had been seen fleeing the scene. It was discovered that one of the occupants, a 17-year-old male, was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was subsequently transported to hospital in stable condition.

While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, a male suspect was observed in the area. Officers attempted to speak with the male; however, he fled and refused to follow police commands. The male eventually tripped and fell at which point he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Officers attending the residence in the 500 block of Langside Street found evidence that a firearm had been discharged.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and believe that five teenagers had attended the residence for the purpose of buying drugs at which point a dispute occurred.  A firearm was pointed at the five teenagers and discharged in their direction, causing an injury to one of them.

Detectives later executed a search warrant at the residence and recovered a shotgun that is believed to have been used during the incident along with ammunition.

It is also believed that the male suspect was also involved in a home invasion on May 11, 2019, in the Central Park area where a several teenagers were sprayed with bear mace.

A 15-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit - Dwelling House
- Assault with a Weapon (x5)
- Discharge a Firearm with Intent (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Knowing its Poss is Unauthorized
- Fail to Comply Condition Undertaking by Judge/Justice (x2)

He was also processed on outstanding arrest warrants for charges that include:

- Fail to Attend Court – Undertaking
- Fail to Comply Condition Undertaking by Judge/Justice

The 15-year-old male was detained in custody.


Weapons – Arrest: C19-114711

On May 23, 2019, at approximately 8:05 p.m., two officers with the Major Crimes Unit were following up the shooting at a house in the 500 block of Langside Street when they were flagged down by a bystander who saw two males put on gloves/masks and enter the rear yard of the residence. The witness believed the two males were about to commit a break-in.

The officers attended to the rear and observed the two males. One male had concealed his face and was armed with a weapon that appeared to be a narrow-bladed sword (later discovered to be the shaft of a golf club). He was also carrying a duffle bag. The other male was on a bicycle.

Both males immediately fled upon seeing police and officers gave chase. Soon after, the male with the golf club shaft produced a large kitchen knife from his waistband area and became armed with weapons in both of his hands while running. He refused to drop either of the weapons for an extended period of time while he ran but eventually discarded them. Both weapons were recovered and seized.

The male was later safely taken into custody in the 400 block of Young Street. The duffle bag was found to contain a number of break-in instruments including a hammer, wire cutters, a wrench, a screwdriver and a flashlight. Both weapons, along with a balaclava, were also seized.

Kordic Alfred Constant, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Break In Instrument(s)
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice

He was detained in custody.


  • Last Update: May 24, 2019

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
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Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
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