November 21, 2020 Media Release
On November 19, 2020, at approximately 10:15 p.m., West District members and a K9 unit responded to the 2000 block of Portage Avenue after a male was observed damaging a closed business's front door. The male subsequently entered the business and stole an empty cash register before fleeing on foot.
Attending units were able to follow tracks from the business in the fresh snow. As they closed in on a male suspect, he jumped into the Assiniboine River, alternatively swimming in the open water and falling through thin ice. The suspect yelled at officers while continuing to try to elude them during the entire event.
The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) deployed two water rescue members into the water and on the ice in an attempt to rescue the suspect. He refused for a lengthy period while moving/floating up and down the river. In total, the male was in the water or on ice for approximately 27 minutes before being safely taken into custody by police and assisting WFPS members.
The suspect was subsequently taken to hospital for precautionary reasons, where he was medically cleared. Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.
Sean-Leo Monchalin, a 32-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Break Enter & Theft – Place
He was also processed on two outstanding arrest warrants.
Monchalin was detained in custody.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs