August 19, 2020 Media Release

Homicide – Update: C20-78592

Update:

During the evening of August 7, 2020, members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 600 block of Henderson Highway for a report of partial human remains that had been discovered on the riverbank.

An investigation has determined the remains belong to Wayne Leslie Melnychuk. It is believed that Melnchuk entered the Red River on his own accord on or about April 12, 2020.

As previously released on April 20, 2020:

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. 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).


Robbery – Investigation: C20-194801

On August 17, 2020, at approximately 3:30 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service attended the area of Lombard Avenue and Waterfront Drive for a report of a robbery.

Responding officers located two adult males and an adult female victim who advised they were confronted and threatened by a male and female armed with a large knife and a gun. They were robbed of their phone and bikes. No injuries were sustained during the encounter.

The male suspect is described as Indigenous in appearance, approximately 20 years old, 5’6” in-height, large build, wearing a black baseball cap, black shirt and black shorts.

The female suspect is described as Indigenous in appearance, approximately 20 years old, 5’7” in height, small build, tattoo by her eye, wearing a purple shirt and black jean shorts.

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).


Traffic Pursuit – Arrest: C20-195972

On August 18, 2020, at approximately 11:25 p.m., a District 3 General patrol unit observed a stolen truck in the area of McGregor Street and Manitoba Avenue.

While attempting to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, starting a short traffic pursuit. With the assistance of AIR1, the suspect and vehicle were located a short time later in the 300 block of Alfred Avenue.

Douglas Gordon Martin, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with;

- Possess Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Flight While Pursued by Police
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance

He was detained in custody.


Homicide – Arrest: C20-173755

Update:

The death of Danielle Harper has been determined to be a homicide, and on August 18, 2020, a male suspect was placed under arrest.

It is believed that Harper had attended the suspect’s residence in the 700 block of Manitoba Avenue during the evening of July 12, 2020. Soon after, she was severely assaulted and succumbed to her injuries.

Silas Ammaklak, a 51-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Second Degree Murder

He was detained in custody.

As previously released on July 29, 2020:

The Winnipeg Police Service had previously reported on a missing person investigation concerning Danielle Diane Harper, a 35-year-old female of Winnipeg. She was last seen on July 12, 2020, in the 800 block of Main Street.

On July 23, 2020, Harper was located deceased at a residence in the 700 block of Manitoba Avenue and her death is considered suspicious in nature.

Investigators are attempting to establish Harper’s whereabouts in the days preceding her death and specifically are looking to speak with anyone who may have had contact with her during the weekend of July 11 and beyond.

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).



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