October 4, 2021 Media Release

Motor Vehicle Collision – Fatal: C21-230130

On October 1, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., emergency personnel responded to the 1700 block of Portage Avenue for the report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old female, was transported to hospital in critical condition and succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was identified at the scene and has spoken with investigators.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information regarding the matter is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-7085 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Homicide – Investigation: C21-231441

On October 3, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of suspicious circumstances at a shared residence in the first 100 block of Prevette Street.

Officers located a deceased male within one of the suites, and the investigation was taken over by the Homicide Unit.

The deceased has been identified as Arnel Deleon ARABE, 63, of Winnipeg.

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

Assault with Firearm – Arrest: C21-174944

As previously released:
On July 28, 2021, just before 4:00 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of an online food delivery driver who had been shot at while in his vehicle in the Westend neighbourhood.

The delivery vehicle was driving away after delivering food to a residence near St. Matthews Avenue and Toronto Street. An unknown SUV occupied by a male driver and female passenger blocked his exit on the road. The male suspect pointed a gun at the delivery driver, who quickly reversed and managed to escape. The suspect vehicle caught up and shot one round at the delivery driver, then drove off.

Police located the 35-year-old male victim in the 700 block of Portage Avenue. His window had been shattered, causing him to be injured. He was transported to hospital in stable condition.


The investigation was progressed by the Major Crimes Unit, and a suspect was identified.

On October 2, 2021, investigators attended Milner Ridge Correctional Centre and arrested an adult male on the strength of a warrant.

Nathaniel Terence Gartnet SIMARD, 29, of Winnipeg, was charged with the following eight offences:

- Aggravated Assault
- Pointing a Firearm
- Discharge a Firearm with Intent
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Firearm, Restricted/ Prohibited Weapon Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

He remained in custody.

Firearm/Pursuit – Arrest: C21-231960

On October 4, 2021, shortly after midnight, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Central District Patrol Officers and Community Support Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle travelling northbound on the Queen Elizabeth Bridge.

While speaking to officers, the driver provided false identity information, at which time, officers attempted to place her under arrest. The driver suddenly put the vehicle in drive and fled from the traffic stop at a high rate of speed.

A short traffic pursuit ensued until the vehicle stopped at Main Street and Market Avenue, where the driver and a male passenger continued to flee on foot.

Officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, located both occupants of the vehicle within the Exchange District, where they were taken into custody.

The following items were seized from the vehicle:

- Sawed-off shotgun
- Various compatible ammunition
- 2 grams of Fentanyl (estimated street value of $400)
- Drug paraphernalia
- $1840 in Canadian currency

Brittany Amber GOTTSCHALK, 36, of Winnipeg, was charged with nine offences related to vehicle flight, drugs, firearms and providing a false identity. She was detained in custody.

Devon Murray DUCHARME, 36, of Winnipeg, was charged with nine drug and firearms-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

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca