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April 20, 2020 Media Releases

Aggravated Assault – Investigation: C20-85036

On April 20, 2020, at 4:17 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 400 block of Flora Avenue for a report of an altercation involving multiple people.

Upon arrival, a large crowd dispersed and officers located several injured individuals. One male was transported to hospital in critical condition. Another male was transported to hospital in unstable condition.

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).

Homicide – Public Assistance Requested: C20-78592

Members of the Homicide Unit are asking the public for their help with locating a suspect in a domestic homicide.

On April 11, 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service began investigating the death of a woman who had been transported to hospital from a residence in the 500 block of Ottawa Avenue earlier in the day. The deceased was identified as Julie Racette, a 34-year-old female.

Over the course of the following week, the investigation, which included a post-mortem examination, determined that she had been the victim of a homicide.

On April 20, 2020, investigators obtained a Canada-wide warrant for the arrest of Wayne Leslie Melnychuk, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg, for manslaughter.

Melnychuk is also currently listed as a missing person. He is described as Caucasian in appearance, 5’7” tall and has a medium build with brown hair and brown eyes.

The public is cautioned not to approach Melnychuk. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 911. Additional information that may assist investigators can be relayed to Homicide Unit investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).



Last Update: April 20, 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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