October 30, 2020 Media Release

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 Michael James FELLS (also known as Mike Middleton and Michael Fellis), 38 years of age, a convicted sex offender who is considered high risk  to re-offend in a sexually violent manner against all females, both adults and children.

FELLS will be released from Stony Mountain Institution, Manitoba on October 29, 2020 after serving a sentence for two counts of failing to comply with Long Term Supervision Order.

FELLS is a designated Dangerous Offender, and upon release, will be subject to parole conditions, and a ten year Long Term Supervision Order until 2028. He will be prohibited from being in the presence of any children under 18 years, unless accompanied by an adult who is aware of his criminal record, and approved by his parole supervisor. He will also be prohibited from attending public parks or swimming areas where children under 16 can reasonably be expected, daycare centres, school grounds, playgrounds and community centres. FELLS will also be subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

FELLS has a history of sexual offences. He is an untreated sex offender that is deemed high risk to re-offend in a sexually violent manner. All females, both adults and children are at risk. FELLS is expected to take up residence in Winnipeg.

Background information:

Michael James FELLS is a 38-year-old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for nine counts of sexual assault, uttering threats, forcible confinement, assault, and numerous breaches of probation and recognizance orders and failing to comply with Long Term Supervision Order.

FELLS’ most recent convictions are for failing to comply with Long Term Supervision Order. He received a sentence of 244 days (in addition to 112 days’ pre-sentence custody credit).

FELLS was convicted of sexual assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats and breach probation order on June 12, 2015. He was designated a Dangerous Offender and received a global sentence of 7 years (minus 50 months pre-sentence custody credit), to be followed by a ten year Long Term Supervision Order. FELLS sexually assaulted the nine year old daughter of a friend.

FELLS has a prior criminal record for eight counts of sexual assault. He was convicted in April, 2008 of one count of sexual assault and count of assault. He received a total sentence of six months in addition to three years supervised probation. In April, 2011,  he was convicted of seven counts of sexual assault, and breach of probation order. He received a total sentence of 372 days (in addition to 1088 days pre-sentence custody credit) and three years supervised probation.

The female victims of FELLS sexual assaults range in age from 9 to 80. FELLS victims are strangers who he meets or arranges to meet, or contacts by phone, where he portrays himself as a student or graduate of massage therapy or reflexology, or a disabled person, in an effort to manipulate, coerce and control his victims. Historically FELLS used deception and trickery as his means of accessing and controlling his victims, and his conduct escalated in severity with force and threats of violence being used against the nine year old girl.
FELLS will be released from Stony Mountain Institution October 29, 2020. Upon release, FELLS will be prohibited from:

  • Representing himself to any person as having training or a degree in massage or reflexology, or being in training for such;
  • Attending in, near, or around places where children under the age of 16 are likely to congregate such as elementary and secondary schools, parks, swimming pools and recreational centres;
  • Being in the presence of any children under 18 years, unless accompanied by an adult who is aware of his criminal record, and has been previously approved by his parole supervisor;
  • Touching any other person’s foot/feet.
  • FELLS will also be required to follow treatment plan/program arranged by his parole supervisor in the area of sexual deviancy;

FELLS is also subject to a lifetime order that prohibits FELLS from attending public parks or swimming areas where persons under 16 years can reasonably be expected to be present, and daycare centres, school grounds, playgrounds or community centres.

FELLS is subject to a lifetime weapons prohibition order.

While incarcerated, FELLS did not participate in any sex offender programming. He is an untreated Dangerous Offender that is considered high risk to re-offend in a sexually violent manner against all females, both adults and children.

FELLS 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 Michael James FELLS will not be tolerated.

If you have information about Mr. FELLS, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (204) 984-1888. You may also contact the 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. For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

This information is also displayed on the Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Website: www.gov.mb.ca/justice/notification

Homicide – Arrest: C20-243013

Winnipeg Police Homicide detectives have made an arrest in the murder of Denzel Constant. Constant was the victim of a random robbery on October 12, 2020, where he was confronted by a male near the intersection of Salter Street and Burrows Avenue. The male demanded Constant’s property, which he then turned over. Constant was then assaulted, and the suspect fled. Constant died the next day as a result of the assault.

Derrik Lawrence Edward SMITH, 21, was arrested on October 29. He has been charged with:
- Manslaughter
- Robbery
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He has been detained in custody.

As previously released:

On October 13, 2020, at approximately 9:25 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a residential suite at a building in the 800 block of Main Street for a report of a male that had been found deceased.

It is believed that the male had been assaulted the night before in the William Whyte area and later succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased victim has been identified as Denzel Allan Anthony Constant, a 24-year-old male of Winnipeg.

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).

Weapon – Arrest: C20-257599

On October 30, 2020, at approximately 4:20 a.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to an incident in the 300 block of Alfred Avenue. Winnipeg Fire Paramedic personal were at a residence at this location, responding to a 50-year-old male experiencing a medical emergency.

While being treated, the male grabbed a machete and threatened WFPS responders, who retreated from the residence and requested police assistance. Responding officers arrested the male without incident. He was medically cleared and taken into custody.

Len Horton Joseph COURCHENE, 50, has been charged with:
- Assault with Weapon x 4
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x 3

He was detained in custody.

Stabbing – Arrest: C20-257067

On October 29, 2020, at approximately 2:10 p.m., Winnipeg Police officers responded to a male that had been assaulted in the rear lane of St. Marys Road at Vivian Avenue. The victim, a male in his 50’s, was driving in the lane when he encountered a cyclist. Upon exiting his vehicle, a confrontation occurred where the cyclist stabbed the driver, resulting in a severe laceration to his arm. Officers from the Tactical Support Team applied a tourniquet to stabilize the victim, who was then transported to the hospital in critical condition.

A suspect was arrested a short distance away.

Carey James HICKAWAY, 40, was charged with the following offences:
- Aggravated Assault
- Possess Weapon
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 x 2

He was detained in custody.