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Winnipeg Police Service

May 31, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Motor Vehicle Collision – Arrest: C18-225939

On October 12, 2018, at approximately 2:00 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle collision and rollover on Dawson Rd. South near Plessis Rd.  Two people were ejected from the vehicle, four occupants were able to escape, and the driver remained trapped as the vehicle caught fire. The driver was removed from the vehicle by a person who  observed the crashed vehicle.

Six of the seven people in the vehicle were transported to a hospital with varying degrees of injuries.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Traffic Collision Section analyzed the scene and collected evidence. On May 30, 2019, as a result of the investigation, officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old male of Winnipeg, for Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Cause Bodily Harm X5.

He has been released on an appearance notice.

Firearm – Arrest: C19-120671

On May 30th, 2019 at 9:15 am, Winnipeg Police Central District General Patrol officers responded to a report of a male who allegedly pointed a firearm at a security guard outside of a business located in the 300 block of Portage Av. 

Officers responded and located the male suspect walking in the area of Isabel St and Cumberland Av and safely took him into custody.  The male suspect directed officers to where he discarded the firearm used in the offence. The firearm was determined to be an imitation firearm which had been altered to appear more realistic.  The imitation firearm was seized by Police.

Tyler Tony Lee BITTERN, 27, of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Pointing a Firearm

Bittern was detained in custody.

Public Mischief – Arrest: C19-121032

On May 30th, 2019, at 7:53 p.m., Winnipeg Police Central District Officers responded to a 911 hang-up call at a residence located within the 400 block of Young Street.  Prior to attending Officers learned that there was no answer on attempted callbacks, and computer checks revealed that there had been numerous calls for assistance from this address which were later determined to be unfounded. 

Officers arrived and met with an adult female resident.  After a brief conversation it was determined that there was no need for police to have attended the residence.  It was later revealed that the same woman had contacted police on 8 separate occasions in 2019 and 20 separate occasions in 2018.  In each case the 911 call was unfounded.

The suspect female was placed under arrest.

The Winnipeg Police Service takes this opportunity to remind Winnipeggers that the 911 system is only to be used for emergencies. Emergencies are:

  • Any crime in progress (break & enter, robbery, etc)
  • Any situation where people or property are at risk (fire, children on ice, etc)
  • Any medical emergency (heart attack, accidental poisoning, etc)

Reporting Emergencies

Community Notification – High-Risk Sex Offender

The Manitoba Integrated High-Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) advises Winston George THOMAS, a 42-year-old male, was released from provincial custody on May 30, 2019, and will be residing in the City of Winnipeg.

THOMAS is a convicted sex offender who is considered at high risk to re-offend in a sexual and sexually violent manner against all females, both adults, and children.

THOMAS will be subject to supervised probation until December 13, 2020. He will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

For the complete Community  Notification Advisory Committee (CNAC) release visit:  

If you have information about Mr. THOMAS, please call the Manitoba Integrated High-Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477. For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

Additional information can be found at:

Community Notification – High-Risk Sex Offender

  • Last Update: May 31, 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

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