April 9, 2021 Media Release
On April 7, 2021, at approximately 11:53 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a robbery with a firearm.
The victim, a 41-year-old male, was walking along Talbot Avenue near Figuero Street when an unknown adult male approached him. The male produced a handgun and demanded his wallet and cellphone.
The victim did not have a wallet but complied and turned over his cellphone. The suspect subsequently fled the area while the victim ran to a nearby business and called the police providing the suspect's description.
Responding East District officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, observed the suspect walking nearby. Upon seeing police, he attempted to flee but was apprehended a short distance away. Upon arrest, a gun and a knife were found in the suspect’s backpack along with the victim’s property.
The victim in this incident was not injured. The gun was determined to be an imitation firearm.
The investigation was turned over to the Major Crimes Unit.
Kristopher Jordan HOLOMAY, 24, of Winnipeg, was charged with twelve firearm and weapon-related offences. He was detained in custody.
The Winnipeg Police Service, Major Crimes Unit, was actively looking for two adults wanted in connection with a strong-arm robbery and carjacking that occurred in February and March of 2021.
- On February 26, 2021, at approximately 6:45 p.m., a 70-year-old female was waiting for a bus in the lobby at an apartment in the 400 block of Kennedy Street. An unknown adult male and female approached her while she was waiting and holding onto her cell phone.
The female snatched the phone from the victim’s hand and ran out of the building. In attempts to retrieve her phone, the victim followed the suspect outside but had left the rest of her belongings including her walker inside the lobby and was locked out.
The male then approached the victim while brandishing a metal pipe and assaulted her by swinging it around her head and shoving her with his hands while he demanded her passcodes then stole her wallet and belongings.
Both suspects fled the area, and no arrests were made at the time of this incident. The victim in this incident was shaken up but not injured.
- On March 3, 2021, at approximately 4:20 p.m., a 58-year-old male home care worker entered the same building in the 400 block of Kennedy Street. Once inside, the victim was followed onto the elevator by an unknown male and female who demanded money and his glasses. Upon refusal, the suspects assaulted the victim by punching him and stealing his belongings, including a set of car keys.
The two suspects went back downstairs and entered the victim’s vehicle parked out front while brandishing a knife. The victim attempted to thwart the theft, but was pushed to the ground, as they stole his vehicle. No arrests were made at the time of this incident. The victim in this incident was not injured.
On April 8, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Central District officers observed the wanted male and female suspects in the 600 block of Ellice Avenue. They were taken into custody on their outstanding warrants related to the previous robbery and carjacking incidents.
A loaded sawed-off bolt action rifle and methamphetamine were located in the male suspect’s backpack at the time of the arrest.
The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation.
Danny Wawaskes HARPER, 31, of Winnipeg, was charged with the following eleven firearm, drug and weapon-related offences and detained in custody:
- Possession of a Weapon
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Possession of Scheduled Substance – Methamphetamine
- warrant: Robbery x2, Possession of a Weapon x2
Shannon Marie HARPER, 28, of Winnipeg, was charged with a warrant for Robbery and detained in custody.
On April 8, 2021, at 9:47 p.m., West District officers and the Tactical Support Unit responded to an establishment in the 2900 block of Pembina Highway for the report of a male in possession of a gun.
The caller indicated that four male patrons had been removed from the premises due to an altercation with staff. During the dispute, a staff member observed that one of the males was armed with a gun. Nobody was directly threatened or injured, and they left the establishment.
Police arrived and located the four males inside a vehicle in the parking lot.
All four suspects were taken into custody. A loaded handgun and a large quantity of drugs were seized during this arrest:- a 9 mm Glock handgun
- a magazine loaded with ammunition
- over twenty ounces of cocaine (street value approximately $42,000)
- approximately $20,000 Canadian currency
Three adults and one youth; all from Winnipeg, were charged with the following:
A male, 23, was charged with eight firearm and drug trafficking offences and released on an Undertaking.
A male, 20, was charged with two drug trafficking offences. He was detained in custody.
A male, 20, was charged with two drug trafficking offences. He was released on an Undertaking.
A youth male was charged with two drug-related offences and detained in custody.
On April 8, 2021, at approximately 2:15 p.m., officers in the Winnipeg Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit were patrolling in the William Whyte neighbourhood when they observed a suspicious male wearing a backpack who appeared to be concealing a weapon in his waistband.
He approached the doorstep of a residence and discarded his backpack.
He was detained for a weapons investigation where a search revealed a large knife in a sheath concealed in his waistband, along with shotgun shells and what was believed to be methamphetamine. He was placed under arrest, and the discarded backpack was retrieved, which contained a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
As a result of this arrest, the following items were seized:- a loaded sawed-off shotgun and shotgun shells
- 2.6 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $250)
- 0.3 grams of fentanyl (estimated street value of $120)
- approximately $800 Canadian cash currency
- three knives
- digital scales
- cellular phones
Kingsley Murray BRUCE, 35, of Winnipeg, was charged with thirteen firearm, weapons and drug-related offences. He 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