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Winnipeg Police Service

November 1, 2019

Winnipeg Police Service Media Release
For Immediate Release

Homicide – Arrest: C19-256738

As previously released:

On October 31, 2019, at approximately 9:50 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 800 block of St. Matthews Avenue for a report of suspicious circumstances.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male outside of a residence. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

Update:

The victim has been identified as Matthew Allan Sutherland, a 28-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation and identified a male suspect known to the victim. Investigators believed that two had been inside the residence, at which time the victim was stabbed and collapsed outside.

Michael Alexander Spence, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Second Degree Murder

He was detained in custody.


Weapon – Arrest: C19-257350

On November 1, 2019, at 12:45 a.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a report of a male armed with a knife threatening passengers on a Winnipeg Transit bus travelling on Dunkirk Drive.

The driver, in communication with a Transit Supervisor, stopped the bus near Kingston Row. The suspect left the bus, however, responding officers were able to apprehend the male after a short foot pursuit. An 8-inch knife was seized from the suspect. There were no injuries.

Roxy Pierre COLOMB, 34, of Lynn Lake, Mb., was charged with:
- Carry Concealed Weapon
- Possess Weapon

He was detained in custody. The accused admitted to using methamphetamine prior to the incident.


Arson – Arrest: C19-257103

On October 31, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service and Police responded to a fire at a duplex located in the 300 block of Maryland St. Four adults and a toddler were able to escape the structure safely.

The investigation determined that a second-floor tenant had deliberately started the fire by placing flammables on top of the stove. She left the building without alerting the other tenants. A smoke alarm was activated alerting the remaining residents who were able to flee the structure. The accused admitted to using crack cocaine prior to starting the fire.

Elena Mary COWLEY, 35, has been charged with:
- Arson – Disregard for Human Life x 4
- Arson – Damage to Property

She was detained in custody.

Robbery – Arrests: C19-256622

On October 31, 2019, at approximately 4:40 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Pacific Avenue and Ellen Street for a report of a taxicab driver that had been robbed at gunpoint. A shot had also been fired at the cab; however, no injuries were reported.

With the assistance of the K9 Unit, responding officers located a number of suspects inside a residence in the 300 block of Pacific Avenue. Some individuals were taken into custody early, but remaining occupants of the house engaged in a lengthy standoff with police.

Members of the Tactical Support Team and the Crisis Negotiation Unit, along with other police units, were used to bring the incident to a safe resolution. A total of 11 people were taken into custody throughout the event.

The Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and executed a search warrant at the residence, recovering a .380 Auto handgun along with ammunition and a pellet gun. The pistol was determined to have been stolen during a break & enter in Selkirk, Manitoba, in 1998.

Samuel Tache McKay, a 31-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Armed Robbery using a Restricted Firearm or Prohibited Firearm
- Discharge a Restricted Firearm or a Prohibited Firearm with Intent
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Use of Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Obtained by Crime
- Pointing a Firearm
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice

Prairie Sky Atkinson, a 24-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Identity Fraud - Intent to Avoid Arrest, Prosecution or Obstruct Justice

She was also processed on several outstanding warrants.

They were detained in custody.

A 24-year-old female of Winnipeg has been arrested for:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm

An 18-year-old female of Winnipeg has been arrested for:

- Armed Robbery using a Firearm
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)

They were released on a Promise to Appear.


Armed Robbery – Arrests: C19-257176

On October 31, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of armed suspects at a cultural club located in the 600 block of Young Street.

An adult female and a male youth entered the building during a bingo game. A female victim in her 70’s was sprayed with an unknown substance causing skin irritation. The female suspect attempted to flee with a cash tray, however, her escape was interrupted by patrons causing her to drop the tray. The male youth was caught and restrained by patrons. The female suspect fled the premises with a firearm, but was disarmed prior to escaping.

Officers arrested the male youth at the scene and seized a loaded .22 calibre rifle. The female suspect subsequently turned herself into police.

A 38-year-old female was charged with:
- Armed Robbery using a Restricted Firearm
- Use Firearm During Commission of an Offence
- Careless Use of Firearm
- Carry Concealed Weapon
- Possess Loaded Restricted Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Weapon
- Utter Threats

She was detained in custody.

The 17-year-old male was charged with:
- Fail to Comply with Sentence Conditions x 3
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Assault with a Weapon
- Possess Weapon
- Use Firearm During Commission of an Offence
- Carry Concealed Weapon
- Careless Use of Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Restricted Weapon
- Possess Prohibited Weapon

He was detained in custody.


Last Update: November 1, 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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