August 13, 2021 Media Release

Homicide – Arrests: C21-183791

Update: 

On August 12, 2021, Justin Everett MCKAY, 31, and Jeremiah Christian ZGLOBICKI, 19, were arrested for the murder of 60-year-old Owen Laverne PRUDEN. 

Investigators believe the three men became involved in an altercation, resulting in PRUDEN being stabbed. 

MCKAY was charged with Manslaughter, and ZGLOBICKI was charged with Second Degree Murder. Both were detained in custody. 

As previously released:

On August 7, 2021, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Central District officers responded to the 100 block of Henry Street for the report of a male who had been stabbed. 

Police located a 60-year-old male with severe injuries and provided emergency first-aid. He was transported to hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The deceased has been identified as Owen Laverne PRUDEN of Winnipeg.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Assault with a Weapon – Arrest: C21-188164

On August 12, 2021, at approximately 6:40 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Forks Market Road and Fort Gibraltar Trail for a report of a male that had been observed stabbing another male.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male in his 20’s and began to apply emergency first-aid. The male was transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition.

Soon after, a male suspect was located in the first 100 block of Israel Asper Way and was placed under arrest.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

It is believed that the suspect and victim (known to each other) had been involved in an argument before the stabbing.

Mason DESJARLAIS, a 23-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Assault with a Weapon
- Possession of a Weapon

He was detained in custody.

Counterfeit Money/Online Classifieds – Public Advisory

During July & August, the Financial Crimes Unit has received several reports of counterfeit (Canadian) money being used to pay for items sold via online classified ad platforms. The buyer will request to pay with cash, and the seller later determines the money is fake.

The Financial Crimes Unit is actively investigating these matters, but please always carefully examine money before accepting it. The Bank of Canada provides counterfeit prevention tips here: https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/counterfeit-prevention/

Caution is key in preventing yourself from being victimized. Buy and Sell Exchange Zones are located at each of the four Winnipeg Police Service Stations. Use these locations to conduct legal buy and sell transactions. Tips for buying and selling online can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/buy_and_sell.stm

Should you be victimized by a fraudster, please report it using the online reporting system. Awareness for our investigators and the public are critical in curtailing such crimes. More information (including how to report frauds) can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm