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Winnipeg Police Service

September 17, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Robbery — Arrest: C19-217776

On September 3, 2019, at 10:15 p.m., a 50-year-old male responded to an online advertisement regarding an iPhone for sale and agreed to meet the seller outside a business on McGee Street. The victim arrived with his 9-year-old child and was confronted by a male who demanded his money. The suspect produced a knife, grabbed the 9-year-old and held the knife to the child's neck. The victim provided the suspect with $100 cash and the suspect fled. The child was not physically injured.

On September 4, 2019, at 8:00 p.m., a 43-year-old male responded to an online advertisement regarding an iPhone X for sale and agreed to meet the seller outside a business on McGee Street. Upon meeting the seller, he was handed a phone which was not an iPhone. The seller produced a knife and demanded the victim's money. He was given $400 and fled. The victim was not injured.

On September 6, 2019, at 3:00 p.m., after responding to an online advertisement regarding a cell phone for sale, a 37-year-old male agreed to meet the seller outside a business on McGee Street. Upon meeting,  the seller left for a short time, indicating he had to get the cell phone. He returned with a knife and robbed the victim of $800 cash. The victim was not injured.

On September 12, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., after responding to an online advertisement regarding an iPhone XS, a 59-year-old male agreed to meet the seller outside a business on McGee Street. He was met by the seller who asked to sit in the victim's vehicle. Once in the vehicle, the seller produced a knife and demanded the victim's cell phone and cash. The suspect obtained $450 cash and an iPhone and fled. The victim was not injured.

After an investigation Winnipeg Police officers arranged to make a purchase from the seller on September 15, 2019. The seller approached an unmarked police vehicle armed with a knife and was taken safely into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Ibraham Baidobola BANGURA, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

  • Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance
  • Possession of a Weapon
  • Robbery X4
Buying or selling items through an online classified site can be risky. Members of the public are reminded to use caution when purchasing items through online

Buying or selling items through an online classified site can be risky. Members of the public are reminded to use caution when purchasing items through online advertisements. In addition to Buy and Sell Exchange Zones at all four police stations, we offer the following crime prevention tips:

  • Ask about the history of the item being sold.
  • Ask for a photo of the serial number before meeting and attempt to confirm the item hasn't been reported stolen.
  • When buying or selling - take screenshots of the advertisement and ID number, the seller's contact information, and all communications.
  • Check the buyer/seller's name through an online search engine.
  • Do not give our personal or banking information.
  • Do not meet someone alone.
  • Do not transfer/provide money to the person before receiving the product.
  • Meet during daylight hours, in a public space.
  • Take only enough cash with you to pay for the item being purchased
  • Trust your instincts - if something feels wrong, it probably is.

For more information on Crime Prevention visit our website at https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/tblofcontents/crimeprevention.stm


Carjacking – Investigation: C19-218825

On September 17, 2019, at 12:45 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a robbery that had just occurred in a parking lot at the intersection of Meadowood Drive and St. Mary’s Road.

The victim was an adult female who was returning to her parked car. She was pulled from the driver’s seat of her vehicle and tased in the leg by a male suspect. The suspect then stole the victim’s cell phone and vehicle. The victim did not require medical attention.

The stolen vehicle is a 2018 white Chevrolet Cruz (KEW 233). It has not been located.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, 5’11” – 6’ in height, medium build, 21 – 22 years.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Gun Incident – Arrest: C19-218817

On September 17, 2019, at 12:20 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to an apartment building in the 1000 block of Selkirk Avenue for a report of a male armed with a shotgun. The male made threats to residents that he would shoot anybody that attempted to enter the residence.

General Patrol units and members of the Tactical Support Team responded and secured the building. After approximately one hour a male suspect was taken into custody without further incident. A loaded shotgun was located within the residence.

Christopher Lee POTTINGER, 42, has been charged with 15 separate firearms-related offences. He was detained in custody.


Last Update: September 17, 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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E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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