September 1, 2021 Media Release
Members of the Homicide Unit continue to investigate the murder of Stuart Fritzley, who was 35 when he was fatally stabbed on May 25, 2021, in the 800 block of Magnus Avenue.
On May 25, 2021, at 6:38 a.m., North District General Patrol officers responded to the 800 block of Magnus Avenue after receiving a report of a male that had been found with severe injuries. Officers administered emergency first-aid, and he was transported to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries.
In June 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service asked the public for help locating a female who may have information regarding the homicide. The female was described as Indigenous, in her early to mid-20s and wearing a black jacket with dark jeans. She is believed to have been in the vicinity of the murder (Manitoba Avenue between Sinclair Street and Arlington Street) around the time it occurred.
Investigators have obtained surveillance images of the female and are releasing them to the public for further help with identifying her.
At this time, no charges have been laid in the homicide – but detectives continue to believe that the female may have vital information related to the investigation.
Anyone who can assist in identifying this woman or who may have relevant information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
The Winnipeg Police Service was alerted by citizens in the River Heights neighbourhood to what they believed to be drug trafficking occurring at a residence in this area. Subsequently, the Guns and Gangs Unit, along with members of the West District and North District Community Support Units, entered into an investigation.
On August 31, 2021, a Controlled Drug and Substances search warrant was executed at a residence in the 1700 block of Corydon Avenue. A vehicle associated with this residence was stopped nearby, and the driver was taken into custody.
As a result of this investigation, the following items were seized:
- 28 grams of cocaine (estimated street value $3000)
- approximately $8,000 Canadian Currency
- drug paraphernalia and cell phones
Rene Orlando BARRIOS-LOPEZ, 43, of Winnipeg, was charged with:
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Warrant of Apprehension and Suspension of Parole/Statutory Release
He was detained in custody.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the community’s engagement regarding this investigation.
Neighbourhood Drug Complaints can be reported online at: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/report/default.stm#drug or anonymously at Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs