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Winnipeg Police Service

October 15, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Suspicious Death – Update: C18-214543

On September 28, 2018 Winnipeg Police located a body in the 100 block of Omands Creek. The deceased was later identified as Mary Madeline Yellowback who was 33.

The investigation is now complete and it has been determined that her death was not a homicide.


Weapons – Arrests: C19-242046

On October 14, 2019, at 4:15 a.m., a Central Division General Patrol unit observed a stolen vehicle travelling in the area of Lombard Avenue and Rorie Street. The vehicle travelled north over the Disraeli Bridge and into a parking lot in the 100 block of Talbot Avenue.

Officers activated their emergency equipment and attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle, however the driver reversed the vehicle causing it to collide with the police cruiser causing extensive damage to both. As officers approached the suspects the driver accelerated directly towards one of the officers narrowly missing them. The suspects then crashed into a fence and their vehicle was disabled. The three occupants attempted to flee on foot but were arrested. Officers were forced to deploy a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) on one of the suspects to effect the arrest.

Located inside the vehicle was an improvised firing device (‘zip gun’)  along with a quantity of methamphetamine and stolen property related to an earlier residential break-in in East St. Paul, Manitoba.

Danielle Marlene SANDERSON, 26, (driver) was charged with:
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime over $5000
- Break & Enter
- Assault Peace Officer with Weapon
- Fail to Comply Probation
- Fail to Comply Recognizance
- Warrant of Arrest
- Use of Stolen Credit Card
- Possess Stolen Credit Card
- Possess Methamphetamine (CDSA)
- Flight From Peace Officer
- Various Firearms related offences
(19 charges in total)

She was detained in custody.

Myles Junior KEEWATINCAPPO, 30, was charged with:
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime over $5000
- Fail to Comply Probation
- Warant of Arrest
- Various Firearms related offences

He was detained in custody.

Brenton Sean Paul HARPER, 25, was charged with:
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime over $5000
- Resist Arrest
- Break & Enter
- Use Stolen Credit Card
- Possess Stolen Credit Card
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime under $5000
- Various Firearms related offences

He was detained in custody.


Community Notification

The Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU) is a joint forces unit of the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP. MIHRSOU today provides information regarding Justin David LEVASSEUR, (aka Jay LEVASSEUR, Norman LEVASSEUR, “J” and “J STAR”), 29 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner. Females are at risk of sexual violence.

LEVASSEUR was released from Stony Mountain Institution, in Stony Mountain, Manitoba on October 15, 2019 in relation to a sentence for break, enter and commit sexual assault, and overcome resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle which occurred in September 2013, in Manitoba. LEVASSEUR was convicted of those offences on March 24, 2016, and received a sentence of five years (which includes pre- sentence custody credit of 16 months). Upon release, LEVASSEUR will be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition and parole until November 23, 2019. LEVASSEUR is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

LEVASSEUR has a history of sexual, violent and other offences. Although he participated in some treatment programming in the past, LEVASSEUR is still  considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner. Females are at risk of sexual violence.

Background information:

Justin David LEVASSEUR is a 29 year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for break and enter commit sexual assault, overcome resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle, assault cause bodily harm, assault, resist peace officer, escape lawful custody and numerous breaches of probation.

LEVASSEUR’s offences from September 2013, involved breaking into the residence of an unknown female, while she was sleeping in one bedroom, and her two children were asleep in another bedroom. He sexually assaulted and choked the victim. He was convicted of break and enter commit sexual assault and overcome resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle on March 24, 2016, and received a five year sentence (which includes pre-sentence custody credit of 16 months).

LEVASSEUR will be released from Stony Mountain Institution, in Stony Mountain, Manitoba on October 11, 2019.

Upon release, LEVASSEUR will be subject to parole until November 23, 2019, which includes conditions such as:

  • Not to possess or consume any drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants except drugs as prescribed and taken as directed;
  • Reside at an approved residence and abide by a curfew of 10:00 p.m. to 6:00

a.m. daily, and comply with curfew checks;

  • Not to enter any licensed premise; and
  • Not to possess or use a computer or wireless telecommunication device that can access the Internet

LEVASSEUR will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition.

While incarcerated, LEVASSEUR participated in some treatment programming but is still considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual manner against females.

LEVASSEUR is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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 LEVASSEUR will not be tolerated.

If you have information about LEVASSEUR, 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.

This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: http://www.gov.mb.ca/justice/commsafe/notification/index.html
www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/personal_safety_sexual_assault.pdf

www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/docs/brochure/streetproofing_children.pdf


Last Update: October 16, 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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