September 15, 2021 Media Release
In August 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Guns & Gangs Unit and Organized Crime
Unit entered an investigation that began with a social media post involving a firearm. The Guns & Gangs Unit subsequently continued the investigation, which progressed into a firearm and drug investigation.
On August 19, 2021, the Guns & Gangs Unit, with the assistance of the Organized Crime Unit, Firearms Investigation and Enforcement Unit and Tactical Support Team, executed three search warrants, including one at a residence in the first 100 block of Dalhousie Drive, a residence in the 200 block of Provencher Boulevard, and a hotel within the 1800 block of Pembina Highway.
Four adults were arrested, and more than 100 charges were laid as a result of this investigation.
Jonathon Alexander HERNTIER, 37, was charged with 46 drug, firearm and assault-related offences.
Joseph LIEW, 36, was charged with 35 drug and firearm-related offences.
Laura Jeanne POWELL, 26, was charged with 16 drug and firearm-related offences.
Sherry Ann KELLY LAGIMODIERE, 31, was charged with 12 drug and firearm-related offences.
All parties are from Winnipeg, and all were detained in custody.
Over 1.5 million dollars worth of illicit drugs was seized, as well as $150,000 in cash, numerous firearms and ammunition. Below is a list of the items that were seized during these search warrants:
- 17.8 kg of methamphetamine (estimated street value $890,000)
- 2.7 kilograms of cocaine (estimated street value $214,000)
- 8.5 kg Xanax pills (estimated street value $250,000)
- 1.5 kg Psilocybin (estimated street value $15,000)
- 500 grams Fentanyl (estimated street value $139,000)
- 19 Percocet pills and 36 Gabapentin pills (combined estimated street value $200)
- $150,000 Canadian currency
- money counter, vacuum sealer and packaging materials
- 12 gauge shotgun
- 40 calibre Sig Sauer P320 model
- .22 calibre Ruger rifle model 10-22
- .22 calibre GSG rifle model MP40
- 9 mm Ruger rifle model PC Carbine – obliterated serial number
- inoperable revolver
- .22 Derringer Frontier model
- Glock 19 air pistols x 2
- Glock 17 air pistol
- Walther PPK air pistol
- Crosman SNR .357 air pistol
- various ammunition (compatible with all these firearms)
- smoke grenades x 2
On September 13, 2021, Peter Marius RADULESCU, 43, of Winnipeg, was charged with Aggravated Assault and Possession of a Weapon regarding an assault that occurred on a Transit bus, on September 12. He has been detained in custody.
As previously released:
On September 13, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service released an image to elicit the public’s assistance in identifying a male. The male was a person of interest regarding a serious assault to a passenger on a transit bus.
Yesterday at approximately 7:30 p.m., an off-duty officer observed a male in the 1800 block of Portage Avenue and recognized the male from the images the police had distributed. The officer called for backup, and this male was subsequently taken into custody. Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued the investigation.
It is believed on September 12, 2021, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the suspect was already seated on a bus travelling eastbound on Portage Avenue when an elderly female boarded the bus and sat down near him. After the bus travelled a short distance, the 70-year-old victim was stabbed. The driver was alerted to the incident, stopping the bus at Portage/Fort, at which time the suspect exited and fled on foot. Police were contacted.
Officers located a seriously injured female on the bus who was transported to hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to stable condition.
A 43-year-old male of Winnipeg has been arrested and remains in police custody at this time.
On September 12, 2021, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of an assault that occurred to a passenger on a transit bus in the downtown area.
The bus managed to stop at Portage Avenue and Fort Street, where police located a female victim in her seventies. She was transported to hospital and treated for her injuries. Information provided to police indicated that a male suspect had attacked the victim and then exited the bus.
The Major Crimes Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male person of interest, as seen in the photos below.
If you know this person please call the investigators in the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
If you see this male, do not approach him; immediately call 911.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs