February 18, 2021 Media Release

Serious Motor Vehicle Collision – Investigation: C21-37881

At 7:51 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Sargent Avenue and Balmoral Street for a report of a collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, an adult female, was transported to hospital in critical condition and remains in serious condition.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and has spoken with investigators.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information regarding the matter is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Thefts / Possession of Property – Arrests: R20-23467

Between December 2020 and February 2021, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Property Crime Unit undertook an extensive investigation involving two suspects breaking into construction compounds and stealing skid steers.  
 
- On December 22, 2020, a skid steer was stolen from a construction site at Doncaster Street and Wellington Crescent.

- On January 11, 2021, a skid steer was stolen from a construction site in the 1700 block of Sargent Avenue.

- Between January 15 and 18, 2021, a utility trailer was stolen from Springfield, Manitoba.

- On January 20, 2021, a pick-up truck, utility trailer and a second skid steer were stolen from the 1000 block of Dugald Road.

- On January 26, 2021, a third skid steer was stolen from Macdonald, Manitoba.

The total value of the stolen property was over $350,000. With the assistance of the RCMP, all of the stolen property was recovered from various locations in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.

On February 10, 2021, a 43-year-old male was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft Over $5000 X 3
  • Possess Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 X 2
  • Break and Enter Commit Theft

On February 12, 2021, a 38-year-old male was arrested and charged with:

  • Theft Over $5000 X 3
  • Possess Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 X 2
  • Break and Enter Commit Theft

Both individuals were released on an Undertaking.

Robbery – Arrest: C21-38021

On February 18, 2021, at approximately 12:30 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service Central District patrol officers responded to a robbery at a business in the 100 block of Isabel Street.

Police received information that an adult male had attended the business after hours requesting service. Two custodial staff were the only employees on-site; they denied his request, and he left the premises.

A short time later, the suspect returned and took the female custodian’s tablet sitting on a nearby table. She attempted to retrieve the tablet, but the suspect forcefully struck her with his hands, hit her with the tablet, and then ran out with the stolen tablet.

The victim was transported to hospital, and treated for minor injuries.

With the assistance of the K9 Unit and AIR1, the suspect was tracked and located at a residence in the 500 block of William Avenue. He was placed under arrest for the robbery and two outstanding warrants. The area was searched; however, the tablet was not recovered.

Ermiyas Isaac DANGERFIELD, 23, of Winnipeg, was charged with:

  • Robbery
  • Fail to Comply with Release Order
  • Warrant of Arrest x2

DANGERFIELD was detained in custody.

Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C21-37241

On February 17, 2021, at 1:39 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residential building in the 300 block of Hargrave Street for a report of an assault.

A male suspect had broken into the building and had begun to steal from multiple storage lockers. On-site security was alerted, and two security guards confronted the suspect.

The male subsequently produced a knife and lunged at the guards while threatening to stab them. He struck one of the guards in the chest with the knife, but the guard’s ballistic-style protective vest stopped the blade.

The guards attempted to lock the male in a room, but he ripped off a door handle and escaped. The male attacked the guards again and fled the building.

Responding officers spotted the male, and foot pursued him to the area of Ellice Avenue and Donald Street, where he resisted arrest. A conducted energy weapon (“Taser”) was used to take him into custody safely. A search of the suspect resulted in the seizure of a knife as well as stolen property.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation

The suspect was identified as being responsible for four other incidents:

- A break-in and theft from the same Hargrave Street residential building a day earlier on February 16, 2021.

- A break-in and theft from a residential building in the first 100 block of Maryland Street on September 20, 2020.

- A theft from a home improvement store in the 800 block of Leila Avenue on September 28, 2020.

- A break-in and theft from a residential building in the 100 block of Maryland Street on November 12, 2020.

Liam Victor Sobkowich, a 32-year-old male, has been charged with:

- Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm (x2)
- Break Enter & Theft – Place (x2)
- Possession of Break In Instrument(s)
- Assault with a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Resist Peace Officer
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was also processed on two outstanding arrest warrants for charges that include:

- Break Enter & Theft – Place (x2)
- Theft Under $5000
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x2)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

Sobkowich 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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca