April 7, 2021 Media Release

Homicide – Public Assistance: C20-202793

During the evening of August 26, 2020, the 21-year-old victim Mohammed Yonis ALI was murdered near his residence in the 800 block of Alfred Avenue.

The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit continues to investigate this homicide and has acquired surveillance images of a female who may possess additional information regarding this investigation:

Note what appears to be a tattoo on the female’s left forearm. 

If someone knows this female's identity, please contact the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crimestoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

As previously released:

Homicide – Investigation: C20-202793

The Winnipeg Police Service issued a media release on August 27 regarding an aggravated assault that occurred the previous evening: on August 26, 2020, at 8:45 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 800 block of Aberdeen Avenue for a report of shots that had just been fired in the area.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured adult male that had been shot. The male was transported to hospital in critical condition; however, his condition deteriorated to grave. 

On August 28, the victim succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Mohammed Yonis ALI, 21, from Toronto.

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).

Firearm and Drug Trafficking – Arrests: C21-75658

The Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit was actively investigating individuals trafficking illegal drugs and possessing firearms. 

On April 6, 2021, the Guns and Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the Tactical Support Team, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a residence in the Brooklands neighbourhood.

During the execution of this warrant, two occupants attempted to flee by jumping out an upper window, however, they were subsequently apprehended. Ultimately, four adults were detained in police custody, and the following items were seized:

  • a loaded .22 Caliber Handgun with a scratched off serial number
  • magazine containing ammunition
  • backpack containing ammunition
  • holster and ammunition belt
  • 24 grams of Fentanyl ($4800 estimated street value)
  • 4 Ounces of Methamphetamine ($2400 estimated street value)
  • drug paraphernalia and packaging materials
Four adults, all from Winnipeg, were charged with numerous offences:

Michael Jeffrey THOMAS, 36, was charged with 12 firearm and drug-related offences.

Nolin James FONTAINE, 28, was charged with 11 firearm and drug-related offences.

THOMAS and FONTAINE were both detained in custody.

Two adult females, ages 33 and 31, were also charged with firearm and drug-related offences and released on Appearance Notices.

Motor Vehicle Collision – Road Closure: C21-76466

During the early morning hours of April 7, 2021, a vehicle travelling on St. Anne’s Road between Aldgate Road and Warde Avenue struck a hydro pole, causing the pole and attached transformer to crash on top of the vehicle and into the roadway.

An off-duty officer in the area quickly responded by providing emergency first-aid to the driver, the lone occupant, until WFPS arrived.

The driver was subsequently treated and medically cleared at the scene.

Due to the hazard posed by the fallen transformer, East District General Patrol officers managed traffic and contained the area for several hours until Manitoba Hydro safely restored the area.

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