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Winnipeg Police Service

July 24, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Missing Person Walter Schellenberg - R19-36793 - Located

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public's assistance in locating 81year-old Walter SCHELLENBERG. SCHELLENBERG was last seen late this morning July 24, 2019 in the area of the Canadian Tire on Regent  Ave in the City of Winnipeg.
SCHELLENBERG is described as Caucasian, 6'0" in height with a thin build.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans and possibly a black or blue jacket.

The Winnipeg Police Service is concerned for SCHELLENBERG's wellbeing and is asking anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250 or Crimestoppers.

Sexual Assault Investigation (Arrest): C19-135018

In June, 2019, Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a report of a sexual assault. Officers met with the caller and learnt the following.
 - The woman’s daughter, 13, had been communicating online with an adult male from the U.S.
 - The initial internet contact began in January, 2019.
 - The ensuing communication involved grooming and subtle intimidation directed against the victim.
 - In late April the accused, a 22-year-old male flew into Winnipeg from Rhode Island, USA.
 - He remained in the city for four days during which time he made personal contact with the victim and sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions.
 - The accused returned to the U.S. but continued to attempt internet contact with the victim.
Investigators from the Winnipeg Police Service Child Abuse Unit took over the investigation. The identity of the suspect was determined and Rhode Island State Police were contacted. Agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security became involved.

On July 11, 2019, Herbert J. Rodas, 22, was arrested by Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force on a federal criminal complaint charging him with transferring obscene material to a minor, enticement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activity, and traveling in interstate or foreign commerce with intent to engage in illicit sexual activity.

For more information on what grooming is and what you can do to help prevent the online sexual exploitation of children, visit

The formation of the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit this spring highlighted the Service’s commitment to combating the proliferation of illegal guns and illicit drugs on the streets of Winnipeg.

During the past number of weeks the Guns and Gangs Unit made arrests and seizures in two significant operations.

Drug Investigation: R19-45781

The Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit began an investigation into drug trafficking connected to a residence in St. Boniface. A Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (CDSA) search warrant was executed on July 12 at a home on Guay Ave.

Investigators seized:
- 2.8kg of Cocaine (SV $280,000.00)
- 266g of Heroin (SV $79,800.00)
- 5.3kg of Methamphetamine (SV $530,000.00)
as well as cutting agent and packaging materials

This amount of methamphetamine had the potential to impact over 50,000 residents of Winnipeg and sadly, is ruining many lives within our community

No arrests have been made at this time.

‘Straw Purchase’ – Arrest and Firearms Seizure: R19-44599

A straw purchase involves an individual who possesses the legal requirements to obtain a firearm who then purchases the gun with the intent to illegally transfer the weapon to another individual who would not be able to obtain the firearm legally themselves.

On June 28, 2019, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police conducted a traffic stop on a 35-year-old male driver. A loaded 9mm handgun was located within the vehicle.

An investigation determined that the gun was registered to a male in Winnipeg and that it had not been reported lost or stolen. The Winnipeg Police Service was advised, and the WPS Firearms Investigation and Enforcement Unit began an investigation.

As a result, a 45-year-old male was arrested at a residence in St. Boniface. A 9mm Beretta handgun, a 9mm Smith & Wesson hand and a restricted Smith & Wesson AR15 rifle were located and seized.

He has been charged with:
-  Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regs x 2
- Weapons Trafficking

As dictated by the Criminal Code of Canada he was released on a Promise to Appear.

    • Last Update: July 25, 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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