July 27, 2020 Media Release

Shooting – Public Assistance Requested: C20-175142

The Winnipeg Police Service Major Crimes Unit is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest relating to a shooting that occurred on July 25, 2020. At 8:00 a.m., a male in his 50’s was shot on Ellice Avenue. The victim is currently in stable condition.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators in identifying this male is asked to 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).


 

As previously released:

On July 25, 2020, at approximately 8:00 a.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a report of a male shot in the 600 block of Ellice Avenue. Officers located a male in his 50’s on the street suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to hospital in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable.

The investigation led to a residence in the 500 block of Maryland Street. Officers took several people into custody from within the house. Police presence in the area and the forensic analysis of the crime scene caused traffic disruptions on Ellice Avenue and Maryland Street for a number of hours. 

Investigators are looking to speak with a male who initially spoke with two of the first officers to arrive. This male advised police that he had been a victim of a robbery a short time earlier but left before being able to provide further details.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).


Investigations in Response to Gang-Related Violence Lead to Arrests

Between November 2019 and July 2020, members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit conducted an extensive investigation in response to increased levels of gang-related violence in Winnipeg stemming from a fatal shooting at an Exchange District nightclub.

On November 2, 2019, Jamshaid Wahabi, a 23-year-old male, was shot and killed inside Citizen Nightclub in a dispute between two rival criminal organizations. Following the shooting, one of Wahabi’s associates fired shots at rival gang members outside of the nightclub. There were numerous bystanders present at this time.

After the homicide, one group began conspiring to murder Wahabi’s shooter in an act of retaliation. On November 4, 2019, Rig Moulebou, a 20-year-old male, was shot and killed inside a residence on Tim Sale Drive in the South Pointe area.

The investigaiton was subsequently started and focused on several known gang associates.

On November 7, 2019, following Jamshaid Wahabi’s funeral, Rami Hagos, a 25-year-old male, was stopped by officers and a .50 calibre Desert Eagle handgun was seized. An investigation determined the gun had been trafficked from a straw purchaser in Winnipeg.

On November 8, 2019, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Marine Drive, and officers seized a total of 22 firearms, including four .50 calibre Desert Eagle handguns. It was discovered that one firearm was missing from the collection – and that the missing firearm was the one located upon the arrest of Rami Hagos. Shane Kulathungam, a 41-year-old male of Winnipeg, was subsequently charged with two firearm-related offences.

Between February 28, 2020, and March 27, 2020, three suspects were arrested for first-degree murder regarding the death of Rig Moulebou.

In early April 2020, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Drug Enforcement Unit began a subsequent investigation arising from the initial operation, which focused on three high-level drug traffickers.

On April 20, 2020, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants were executed in the first 100 block of Huppe Bay, the first 100 block of Creek Bend Road and the 200 block of Bonaventure East.

A number of individuals were taken into custody, and the investigation led to the seizure of items including:

- Approximately 5 kilograms of cocaine (estimated street value of $450,000)
- Approximately 2.5 kilograms of a cutting agent
- Approximately $190,000 in Canadian currency
- A large amount of packaging material along with a money counter and a scale.
- 13 mobile phones
- Gold jewellery (estimated value of $20,000)

Throughout the investigations, police determined that some of the males were responsible for other offences, and they were subsequently charged. Some of the charges were in relation to benefiting their criminal organization.

Javaid Wahabi, a 23-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- First Degree Murder (Rig Moulebou)
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder
- Utter Threats
- Utter Threats in Association with a Criminal Organization

Manuchehr Haroon, a 23-year-old male of Brandon, has been charged with:

- First Degree Murder (Rig Moulebou)
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder

Abdullahi Abdulrehman Mohamed, a 24-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- First Degree Murder (Rig Moulebou)
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder
- Kidnapping

Rami Hagos, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Attempted Murder (Citizen Nightclub)
- Attempted Murder in Association with a Criminal Organization
- Discharge a Firearm Into or At a Place in a Reckless Manner
- Use of Firearm During Commission of an Indictable Offence
- Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x 2)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x 2)
- Possession of a Loaded, Restricted Firearm while Prohibited (x 2)
- Possession of a Loaded, Restricted Firearm while Prohibited in Association with a Criminal Organization
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
- Possess Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x 5)

Haben Nipsey Weldekidan, a 26-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Utter Threats
- Utter Threats in Association with a Criminal Organization
- Assault
- Assault in Association with a Criminal Organization

Mohammad Moradi, a 22-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Participation in Criminal Organization

Charles Kiniki, a 21-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x 2)

Zuhair Mohammad-Zarif, a 25-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order

Zuhur Mohammad-Zarif, a 28-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

Zubair Mohammad-Zarif, a 29-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

Stefany Dayana Castro Alvarez, a 25-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000



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