May 25, 2020 Media Releases

Homicide – Arrest: C20-116905

On May 24, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a Winnipeg Transit bus in the area of Colony Street and Ellice Avenue for a report of a stabbing.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male and took a suspect into custody. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased victim has been identified as Raymond Wesley Hill, a 57-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation.

It is believed that the suspect and victim had boarded the transit bus at a nearby stop. As the bus drove, the suspect started an unprovoked altercation with the victim, which escalated to the suspect brandishing a knife and stabbing the victim. The bus came to a halt, and the victim flagged down a passing police unit before collapsing. Officers provided first aid and boarded the bus, at which time the suspect was taken into custody.

It does not appear the suspect and victim knew each other before the assault.

Justin Gabriel James, a 46-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Manslaughter

He was detained in custody.

Investigators are seeking a passenger that witnessed the altercation but left the bus before speaking with police. The passenger is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Indecent Act – Arrest: C20-117150

On May 24, 2020, at 9:03 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Main Street and Market Avenue for a report of a male who had exposed himself to a 23-year-old female and was now committing another indecent act.

Upon arrival, officers located a suspect armed with an object and engaged him in a foot pursuit. A conducted energy weapon (“Taser”) was used but was ineffective. The male was ultimately taken into custody in the 500 block of Main Street and was found to be in possession of a metal pipe.

A 30-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Indecent Act
- Resist Peace Officer
- Possession of a Weapon

He was detained in custody.

The male’s name is not being released at this time in case there were other offences in the area around the same time. He is described as having a dark-coloured beard and a medium build. Anyone that may have been victimized is encouraged to call the Winnipeg Police Service’s non-emergency line at 204-986-6222.

Stolen Vehicle – Arrest: C20-76006 & C20-76083

On April 7, 2020, at approximately 4:15 p.m., emergency personnel responded to Portage Avenue and Vaughn Street for a report of a collision involving a truck and two Winnipeg Transit buses.

The driver of the truck fled and four individuals from the buses were transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Members of the Traffic Division continued with the investigation.

It was determined that the truck had been stolen from a parking lot in the 1100 block of Arlington Street earlier in the afternoon. The vehicle had been left running and the victim was retrieving items from the rear seat when the suspect stole the vehicle. The suspect narrowly missed hitting the driver as he fled in the truck.

The stolen vehicle was later involved in the collision with the transit buses after running a red light that had been active for 16 seconds. Prior to striking the buses, the suspect narrowly missed several pedestrians that were crossing Portage Avenue in rush-hour traffic. The suspect attempted to enter a number of stopped vehicles but ultimately fled on foot.

Brandon Lee Hunter, a 25-year-old male of Ebb and Flow First Nation, has been charged with:

- Robbery
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x3)
- Drive without licence or with invalid licence (Highway Traffic Act)
- Driver Fail to Exchange Particulars - To Driver (Highway Traffic Act, x2)
- Driver Fail to Exchange Particulars - To Injured Person (Highway Traffic Act, x4)
- As the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident, fail to make a Police Report when the accident meets a criterion requiring the report (Highway Traffic Act)

He was detained in custody.