July 20, 2020 Media Release

Aggravated Assault – Public Assistance Requested: C20-136793

As previously released on June 25, 2020:

On June 13, 2020, at approximately 1:40 a.m., a 32-year-old male victim was walking down a back lane in the 100 block of Smithfield Avenue when he was approached from behind by a male suspect armed with a knife. The suspect proceeded to stab the victim several times.

The victim made his way to a nearby inn/bar where he collapsed, and police were contacted. He was subsequently transported to hospital in unstable condition.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and are requesting the public’s help with identifying a person of interest captured on video surveillance in the area.

The male is described as Indigenous in appearance, 20 to 22 years old and was wearing a distinct grey striped sweater. Investigators have not identified a motive at this time, and it is believed the suspect and victim were unknown to each other.

Update:

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and identified a male suspect. A tip was also received in response to the prior media release, and investigators would like to thank the public for their help.

On July 19, 2020, the suspect was placed under arrest during an unrelated incident in the West Broadway area.

Investigators believe the suspect and the stabbing victim were not known to each other.

The suspect was also linked to two other incidents:

- On June 4, 2020, a vehicle was damaged while parked in the 100 block of Young Street.

- On June 14, 2020, a vehicle was entered and damaged while parked in the 100 block of Rupertsland Boulevard.

Jordan Edward Freis, a 20-year-old of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Aggravated Assault
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was detained in custody.


Shooting – Investigation: C20-171330

On July 21, 2020, at approximately 5:45 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a shooting in the 1000 block of Main Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a male that had been shot. He was subsequently transported to hospital in critical condition where he remains at this time.


Homicide – Investigation: C20-168798

As previously released:

On July 18, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a male lying in the roadway on Main Street between Dufferin Avenue and Jarvis Avenue.

A male in his 40s was transported to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced deceased.

The deceased victim has been identified as Valentine Ernest Sumner, a 41-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit are continuing with the investigation.

Update:

Investigators have determined the victim was involved in an altercation outside of a hotel/beer vendor in the 800 block of Main Street just before being found. It is believed that there were a number of witnesses to the assault, and investigators would like to speak with anyone that can provide information.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


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 Marcel Hank CHARLETTE (also known as Hank Marcel Caribou, Hank Charlette, Peewee, Bald Eagle), 47 years of age, a convicted sex offender considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual/violent manner against all persons, particularly children and adult females.

CHARLETTE will be released from Brandon Correctional Centre, Manitoba after serving a sentence for breaching a condition of his Section 810.2 Recognizance Order. He was previously convicted of assault causing bodily harm, involving a young adult female. He attacked the victim, confining her and causing bodily harm and severe psychological harm to the victim. He was convicted of that offence on July 15, 2011, and received a total sentence of 10 years (includes pre-trial custody credit of 173 days). Upon release CHARLETTE is subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition and conditions such as:

  • Not to consume, purchase, or possess any drugs other than prescription medication taken as prescribed
  • Not to consume, purchase, or possess alcohol
  • Not to attend any place, business, or special event where one of the primary purposes is the sale of alcohol
  • Reside at an approved residence and abide by a curfew of 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily, and comply with curfew checks
  • Not to own, possess, or carry any object designed or intended for use as a weapon, or any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition, or explosive substance

CHARLETTE will be released from Brandon Correctional Centre on July 21, 2020.

CHARLETTE is expected to reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

CHARLETTE has a history of violent and sexual offending. He is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual/violent manner against all persons, particularly children and adult female.

Background information:

Marcel Hank CHARLETTE is a 47-year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including manslaughter involving a young child, aggravated assault, assault, assault causing bodily harm, sexual assault, uttering threats, carry concealed weapon and breaches of recognizance and probation orders.

CHARLETTE will be released after having served a sentence for breaching a condition of his Section 810.2 Recognizance Order.

CHARLETTE has a lengthy record for committing violent and sexual offences. In 1991, he was convicted of manslaughter resulting in the death of a 2-year-old child, receiving a 6 year sentence. He was convicted of assault in October 1991 for punching a woman in the face. He was convicted of aggravated assault in 1996 for brutally attacking, punching and kicking a woman and sentenced to 42 months. He was convicted in 2004 of another assault on a female, receiving a sentence of 2 years less one day and 3-year probation. In 2006, he was convicted of assault (2 x counts), assault causing bodily harm, and other offences, resulting in a 3 year global sentence.

CHARLETTE will be released from Brandon Correctional Centre on July 21st, 2020.

Upon release, CHARLETTE will be subject to a Section 810.2 recognizance order which includes conditions such as:

  • Not to consume, purchase, or possess any drugs other than prescription medication taken as prescribed
  • Not to consume, purchase, or possess alcohol
  • Not to attend any place, business, or special event where one of the primary purposes is the sale of alcohol
  • Reside at an approved residence and abide by a curfew of 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily, and comply with curfew checks
  • Not to own, possess, or carry any object designed or intended for use as a weapon, or any firearm, crossbow, prohibited weapon, restricted weapon, prohibited device, ammunition, prohibited ammunition, or explosive substance

CHARLETTE is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual/violent manner against all persons, particularly children, and adult females.

CHARLETTE 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 Mr. CHARLETTE will not be tolerated.

If you have information about Mr. CHARLETTE, please contact 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.



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