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February 11, 2020 Media Releases

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 Winston George THOMAS, 42 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk to re‑offend in a sexual and/or sexually violent manner against all females, both adults and children.

THOMAS was released from Headingley Correctional Centre, Manitoba on February 10, 2020 after serving a sentence for breach of probation order. THOMAS is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

Upon release, THOMAS will be subject to supervised probation until December 13, 2020. He will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

THOMAS has a history of sexual and violent offences and numerous breaches of probation order and recognizances. Although he participated in some treatment programming in the past, THOMAS is still considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual and/or sexually violent manner.  All females, both adults and children are at risk.

Background information:

Winston George THOMAS is a 42 year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for sexual assault, break enter and commit sexual assault, aggravated assault, assault, assault peace officer, resist arrest and numerous breaches of probation and recognizance orders.

THOMAS’ conviction for sexual assault in 2008 was committed against a 13 year old female. He was sentenced to 2 years less one day (in addition to one year pre-sentence custody) and supervised probation for 3 years. In 2006, THOMAS was convicted of sexual assault involving an adult female. He was sentenced to two months (in addition to 3.5 months of pre-sentence custody). In 2003, THOMAS was convicted of break enter and commit sexual assault in which he broke into the female victim’s residence and sexually assaulted the victim. THOMAS was sentenced to 14 months (in addition to 5 months pre-sentence custody) and 3 years supervised probation. THOMAS has also been convicted of aggravated assault, assault, and assault peace officer.

THOMAS was released from Headingley Correctional Institution, Manitoba on February 10, 2020.

Upon release, THOMAS will be subject to supervised probation order until December 13, 2020 which includes conditions that:

  • prohibit the consumption of alcohol, non-prescription drugs, and other intoxicants;
  • impose a daily curfew of 11:00 pm – 7:00 am and require compliance with curfew checks;
  • require that he attend, participate and complete all assessments, treatments, programming and counselling as directed by probation officer; and
  • prohibit owning, possession or carrying a weapon.

THOMAS is also subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

While incarcerated, THOMAS participated in some sex offender programming but is still considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual and/or sexually violent manner against against all females, both adults and children.

THOMAS 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 Winston George THOMAS will not be tolerated.

If you have information about Mr. THOMAS, 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.  For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification
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Stolen Vehicle — Arrest: C20-32047

On February 11, 2020, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Central District General Patrol officers observers a stolen 2003 Mercedes Benz being operated in the area of Broadway Avenue and Maryland Street. Officers continued to follow the vehicle from a distance while Air1 responded.

Air1 maintained visibility of the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes. During that time, the vehicle was driven in an erratic manner, disobeying several traffic control devices, and at times, traveling at a high rate of speed, into oncoming traffic, narrowly avoiding a collision.

After crossing over a tire deflation device, the driver eventually lost control of the vehicle on the west Perimeter Highway near Center Port Highway. Upon exiting the vehicle, the driver discarded a loaded shotgun, which was recovered by officers.

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A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of:

  • Hunting knife
  • Pistol pellet gun
  • Live ammunition

In addition, a cell phone and identification stolen during a robbery on February 4, 2020, were located in the vehicle.

The vehicle was reported stolen on February 9, 2020, from a parking lot in the 1000 block of Notre Dame.

Lee Edward Douglas PASHE, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with numerous firearm, property, and driving offences.

He was remanded into custody.


Break and Enter — Arrests: C20-30485

On February 9, 2020, at approximately 2:48 a.m., Winnipeg Police received an alarm from a business in the 1700 block of Kenaston Boulevard. Air1 responded and located two vehicles at the rear of the business.

Air1 captured images of both vehicles and followed one, leading general patrol units to its location. A 20-year-old male was taken into custody in the 400 block of Carpathia Street. He was later released on an appearance notice.

At approximately 1:00 p.m., the second male, 20-years of age, was located and taken into custody. He was later released on an appearance notice.

Officers learned the suspects unsuccessfully attempted to pry open an entry door and an overhead door to the business.

Both males are believed to be responsible for a break and enter to a business in the first 100 block of Hangar Line Road on January 23, 2020. Tools and electronics were stolen.


Robbery — Investigation: C20-30292

On February 8, 2020, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a robbery in a parking lot in the 1500 block of Regent Avenue West.

A 21-year-old female advised she arranged to sell her earphones via an online classified service. Upon meeting the male buyer in the parking lot, the female exited her vehicle. The male grabbed the earphones causing the female to pull away and fall to the ground. A 30-year-old who accompanied the female intervened and was punched by the suspect. The female victim attempted to pick up the earphones; however, the suspect produced a knife, picked up the earphones and fled.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20 years old and 6 feet in height. He has a thin build and was wearing sweatpants, a hoodie sweater, baseball cap, runners and a backpack.

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).


Last Update: February 11, 2020

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca


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