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April 17, 2020 Media Releases

Homicide – Investigation: C20-82384

On April 16, 2020, at approximately 6:25 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the report of a male that had been stabbed in the 600 block of Main Street.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male and began to apply medical treatment. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased has been identified as Steven Anthony Sealy, 25.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


Homicide – Update: C20-81383

As previously released:

On April 15, 2020, at 1:40 p.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an injured male near the intersection of Isabel Street and Ross Avenue. Officers determined that the male was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was conveyed to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was first located in the rear lane of Ross Avenue between Ross and Elgin near the intersection of Isabel Street and Ross Ave.

Update:

The victim has been identified as Brian James Brisson, a 57-year-old male.

Investigators are asking for anyone who was in this area at the time (1:00 p.m.) and are aware of any suspicious or unusual activity to report this to the Homicide Unit at (204) 986-6508.

As well, any businesses or residents in the area who have video surveillance are asked to check their cameras for any activity during this time. Please remember details that may appear insignificant at first glance could be critical information for investigators.


Sexual Exploitation – Update: C20-42734

As previously released:

On February 27, 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit laid charges of Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Assault, and Supply Liquor to Minor (LCGA-Manitoba) against a 27-year-old female from Winnipeg.

The accused had been employed as a teacher at a Winnipeg high school. The victim was a 16-year-old at the school. The offences occurred between December 1, 2019 and February 8, 2020.

As directed by the Criminal Code of Canada the accused was released on a Release Order with conditions including:

 - No Contact or Communication with the victim
- Not to Possess or Access any Device Capable of Accessing the Internet
- No Direct or Indirect Contact with Anyone Under the Age of 18
- Not to Seek, Obtain or Continue Employment, or Become a Volunteer in a Capacity that Involves being in a Position of Trust or Authority over a Peron Under 18 years.

Update:

Members of the Sex Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and identified two additional victims.

On April 16, 2020, the teacher turned herself in at the Winnipeg Police Service HQ building. She is now facing the following charges:

- Sexual Assault (x3)
- Sexual Exploitation (x2)
- Sexual Interference
- Luring a Person Under 18 years of age by Means of Telecommunication (x3)


Drugs – Arrest: C20-81281

Earlier this month, officers from the Central Division Community Support Unit obtained information on an illegal cannabis trafficking operation in the city. An investigation was initiated in concert with the Public Safety Investigation Unit from Manitoba Justice.

The business was known as ‘Dr Kush.’ It was housed in a building located in the Sargent Park neighbourhood, which included a warehouse to assist in the distribution of cannabis. Confirmation was obtained from both Health Canada and Manitoba Liquor and Gaming and Cannabis Authority that the operation was not licenced.

The operation had a website where customers could place online orders for cannabis. Drivers had been contracted to deliver the cannabis city-wide to customers. To conceal the deliveries, drivers used insulated bags labelled from commonly known restaurant delivery services.

On April 15, 2020, CSU officers arrested a male suspect associated with the operation.

A 43-year-old male, of Winnipeg, will be charged with the following offences:

  • Possess Cannabis for the Purpose of Distributing (Cannabis Act)
  • Possess Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling (Cannabis Act)
  • Possess Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime

A search warrant was executed on the warehouse. Investigators seized;

  • $192,350 in prepacked cannabis
  • $15,760 in vaping oil
  • $14,400 in prepackaged shatter
  • $8,000 in computers and tablets

used to facilitate online orders and deliveries

  • 10,000 units of custom packaging material

Two suspects remain outstanding in this investigation.


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, 43 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 on April 16, 2020. 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 43 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 on April 16, 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
https://winnipeg.ca/TakeAction


Last Update: April 17, 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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