February 5, 2021 Media Release
On February 4, 2021, at approximately 2:40 p.m., a Winnipeg Police Service K-9 officer observed a stolen Chevrolet Traverse travelling in the area of Dufferin Avenue and Andrews Street. As the officer began following the vehicle, additional police units were assigned to assist.
A Stop Stick tire-deflation device was deployed at Logan Avenue and King Street. The stolen vehicle drove over the device but continued travelling onto Main Street, where it sideswiped a truck and drove into oncoming traffic. There were no injuries. The vehicle continued driving to the intersection of Alfred Avenue and Charles Street, where the driver (lone occupant) abandoned the SUV and fled on foot.
A second K-9 unit began tracking the suspect, who dropped several live shotgun shells as he ran. The suspect eventually forced his way into a house in the 300 block of Alfred Avenue, where children were present. After taking off his jacket and revealing a sawed-off shotgun, the male demanded a ride and knocked down the adult female resident.
The suspect fled the house on foot, leaving behind the shotgun. He was tracked to the 300 block of Burrows Avenue where he was taken into custody.
Willy James Junior ANDERSON, 23, of Winnipeg, was charged with:
- Break & Enter – Assault
- Possess Weapon
- Carry Concealed Prohibited Weapon
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
- Possess Prohibited/Restricted Weapon
- Possess Firearm Contrary to Weapon Contrary to Order
- Possess Property Obtained by Crime
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x 5
Anderson was detained in custody.
On February 4, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m., North District General Patrol officers and Tactical Support Team members responded to a report of a male armed with a weapon inside an apartment building in the William Whyte neighbourhood. He was making threats to harm himself and was leaning in and out of the apartment window.
The individual, suffering a mental health crisis, refused to exit the suite he was in and barricaded the door. Multiple WPS resources were deployed, including the WPS Crisis Negotiation Unit. The negotiations and crisis intervention lasted throughout the night.
At 9:45 a.m., the male surrendered to police and was safely taken to hospital with no injuries. Methamphetamine is believed to be an underlying factor in this incident.
Over the past few months, we have all enjoyed the luxury of above seasonal temperatures.
Unfortunately, the more typical cold weather cycle is again upon us.
With extremely cold temperatures, people often leave their vehicles running and unattended to warm up.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind the public that vehicles left running and unattended are quick and easy targets to be stolen.
This past January, there were 175 stolen vehicles reported stolen to the WPS.
Seventy-one of these vehicles were left running with the keys left inside.
Twenty-nine of these vehicles had the keys left somewhere inside the vehicle.
Auto theft prevention tips include:
- NEVER LEAVE A VEHICLE RUNNING AND UNATTENDED
- Consider installing a remote starter
- Stay with your running vehicle
- Never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle
Continue to be vigilant during the cold weather, but if you have to report a stolen vehicle, call the Winnipeg Police Service Non-Emergency line: 204-986-6222.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs