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Winnipeg Police Service

October 17, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide – Investigation: C19-243649

On October 16, 2019, at approximately 12:00 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a male lying on the roadway on Main Street between Higgins Avenue and Sutherland Avenue. Winnipeg Transit drivers assisted by stopping buses and blocking one lane of traffic until police arrived.

An unresponsive adult male was located suffering from injuries. North District General Patrol officers began CPR until paramedics arrived. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries. The deceased male has now been identified as Neilson CATCHEWAY, 40, of Winnipeg.

Northbound Main Street was closed several hours as officers investigated.

The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit has now assumed responsibility for this investigation.

It has been determined that the male had been assaulted and a short time later was then  struck by an unrelated northbound vehicle.  

Investigators are asking for the driver of this vehicle to come forward to police. The investigation is in its early stages but investigators hope to be able to provide additional information in the coming days.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Arson – Arrest: C190243538

On October 15, 2019, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Central District general patrol officers responded to a domestic incident on McDermot Avenue. While officers were speaking with a female and her three young children, a male forced the rear door open, striking one of the attending officers.  

The male then fled to a nearby yard and broke a window to a parked vehicle.

The female put her children into her vehicle at which time the suspect approached and began banging on the windows, causing them to shatter. One officer attempted to subdue the male with the use of a conducted electrical weapon but was unsuccessful.  

The female and a male relative returned to the residence and attempted to barricade the door; however, the suspect forced the door, causing it to strike them both.

One officer entered the suite and was able to safely remove the male and female while the suspect yelled threats towards the officer. The male suspect then barricaded himself in the suite and proceeded to destroy items within.

The suspect then started a fire that quickly spread to a second-floor suite in the home. Three adults and a child became trapped. All four were forced to jump from the second story into the arms of officers below. They were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

The K9 Unit and Tactical Support Team (TST) were eventually able to remove the suspect and take him into custody.

A 26-year-old male has been charged with

  • Arson with Disregard for Human Life X4
  • Arson Causing Damage to Property
  • Break Enter & Commit Assault - Dwelling House X3
  • Mischief Under $5000/Obstruct in Enjoyment X2
  • Assault Peace Officer
  • Resist Peace Officer
  • Mischief Over $5000

He has been detained.

Break and Enter — Arrests: C190244627

On October 17, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service was alerted to an alarm at a school on Brazier Street. Members of Air1 quickly responded and observed two persons exiting the school carrying bags.

Air1 members continued to follow the suspects, advising units on the ground, including a K9 unit. Both males were located nearby hiding next to a garage and taken into custody. They were both in possession of break-in related tools.

Officers determined a door to school had been forced open and multiple items stolen, including medical and school supplies.

Items stolen from a vehicle on October 16, 2019, were also located among the stolen property.

Preston Kyle WOOD, a 28-year-old male, was charged with:

  • Break Enter and Commit - Place
  • Possession of Break-In Instruments
  • Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice X2
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000.

He was detained.

A 23-year-old male of Winnipeg was arrested for Break Enter and Commit - Place. Possession of Break-In Instruments and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and released on a Promise to Appear.


As previously released:

The Winnipeg Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating Taylor Pryor, a missing 21-year-old female. She was last seen on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Manitoba area.

Pryor is described as Caucasian, 5'6, medium build, long curly brown hair, hazel eyes wearing prescription glasses. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black sweat pants, socks and sandals.   

Police are concerned for Pryor’s well-being and are asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.


Taylor Pryor has been located deceased. No criminality is suspected at this time.

The Winnipeg Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance.

Last Update: October 19, 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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