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Winnipeg Police Service

July 12, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Arson – Arrests: C19-158033

On July 8, 2019, at approximately 9:55 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a fire at an apartment building in the 400 block of Furby Street.

The occupants of the building were able to evacuate the building without injury. Members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service were able to contain the fire, and structural damage is estimated at $50,000.

Central District General Patrol officers located a female suspect at the scene and placed her under arrest. She was found to be in possession of a lighter.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

On July 10, 2019, a Central District General Patrol unit located a male suspect in the 400 block of Maryland Street and placed him under arrest. He was found to be in possession of a large knife, break-in tools and a small amount of methamphetamine.

It is believed that female had been recently evicted from a suite within the apartment building and returned with the male, at which time a fire was set inside the suite.

Talia Fawn Kent, a 30-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit Arson - Dwelling House
- Arson with Disregard for Human Life
- Arson Causing Damage to Property
- Possession of Incendiary Material

Pieut Kenny Meekis, a 29-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break Enter & Commit Arson - Dwelling House
- Arson with Disregard for Human Life
- Arson Causing Damage to Property
- Possession of Incendiary Material
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- Possession of Break-In Instrument(s)
- Possession of a Weapon

Both were detained in custody.


Weapons – Arrests: C19-159048

On July 10, 2019, at approximately 2:05 a.m., North District General Patrol members responded to the 400 block of Aikins Street for a report of a person with a weapon that appeared to be stealing a vehicle. A second person was standing by.

As the first police unit arrived, both suspects fled. With the assistance of the K9 Unit, they were located at the rear of a nearby school and were taken into custody.

A driver’s licence from the vehicle that had been entered was recovered on the ground near the suspects, and a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle was found on the path that they had run.

Ashley Jessica Rupert, a 27-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Theft Under $5000
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)

Savannah Paige Linklater, a 19-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Theft Under $5000
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Both were detained in custody.


Drug Offences – Arrests: R19-30250

During the evening of July 10, 2019, members of the Guns and Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence in the 900 block of Hector Avenue.

A number of individuals were taken into custody, and an investigation has led to the seizure of items, including the following:

- 56 grams of fentanyl (estimated street value of ($6,000)
- 93 grams of cocaine (estimated street value of $6,500)
- 3 grams of heroin (estimated street value of $1,500)
- 15 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $500)
- Approximately $5,600 in Canadian currency
- A money counter
- Scales
- Packaging materials
- Bear spray

Kyle Gordon Nesbitt, a 37-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Heroin
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Emeleo Alexander Cole, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Heroin
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Both were detained in custody.


Sexual Assault – Arrest: C1910533

In January, 2019, the Winnipeg Police  Service received a report of a historical sexual assault. The ensuing investigation uncovered two female victims who at the time of their initial contact were under 18. Both were students of the accused who was teaching high school at the University of Winnipeg Collegiate.

Investigators from the Sex Crimes Unit determined that the accused developed inappropriate teacher/student relationships with both girls. Both girls were sexually assaulted. One victim was 16 and one was 18-years-old at the time of the assault which occurred between 2016 and 2018. Neither victim sustained physical injuries.

An arrest warrant was issued in June, 2019, as the accused was out of the country.

On July 10, 2019 investigators arrested the accused upon his return to Winnipeg.

Ishmael MUSTAPHA, 46, has been charged with Sexual Assault x 2 and Sexual Exploitation. He was initially detained in custody, but has since been released on a Recognizance.  


    • Last Update: July 12, 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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