October 14, 2021 Media Release

Sexual Exploitation – Update: R21-29681

Members of the Sex Crimes Unit have been continuing with the investigation and had spoken to a number of additional individuals – including some who had come forward since the September 2, 2021 media release.

On October 13, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a sudden death incident at a hotel in the St. James–Assiniboia area where Robert “Bob” Dawson was located deceased. Foul play is not suspected.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank all those individuals who came forward to provide them with valuable information in relation to this investigation.

As previously released on September 2, 2021:

In June 2021, members of the Winnipeg Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit were contacted by two survivors of sexual assaults. The assaults were reported to have occurred between 1993-1995 while they were players in the Assiniboine Park Hockey Association.

The survivors reported that while they were in their early teens at the time, they had been sexually assaulted by an adult male who coached their team.

The survivors were separately invited to the suspect’s residence where he lived at the time, where they were provided money and alcohol and subsequently sexually assaulted. They further reported that the incidents had been photographed and videotaped at the time.

On September 1, 2021, the Sex Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the first 100 block of Lake Park Drive, where an adult male was taken into custody.

Robert aka “Bob” Donald Joseph DAWSON, a 57-year-old male of Winnipeg, was charged with the following offences:

- Sexual Interference (x2)
- Sexual Exploitation (x2)
- Sexual Assault (x2)
- Forcible Confinement (x2)
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Makes, Prints, Publishes or Possession for the Purpose of Publication any Child Pornography (x2)

Extortion/Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle – Arrest: C21-225100

On October 13, 2021, at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a residence in the St. John’s neighbourhood for a report of an assault that had occurred by a cab driver.

A 23-year-old female reported she had left her mobile phone in a taxi, and the driver had requested a monetary amount to return the device. She subsequently attempted to retrieve the phone and was dragged by the vehicle when the driver drove off – suffering minor injuries.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., the cab driver was placed under arrest. A 51-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:

- Extortion
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance/Vehicle
- Drive carelessly (Highway Traffic Act)
- Fail to exercise due care for a pedestrian on a highway (Highway Traffic Act)

He has been released on an Undertaking (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

Shooting – Investigation: C21-240203

On October 13, 2021, at 8:13 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the 400 block of Prichard Avenue for a report of a male that had been shot outside.

Upon arrival, officers located an injured male in his 30’s and began to provide emergency first aid. The victim was subsequently transported to hospital in unstable condition and was later upgraded to stable condition.

The investigation is continuing by the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Break & Enter – Arrests: C21-239695

On October 13, 2021, at 10:08 a.m., a residence in the 100 block of Acheson Drive was broken into. Forced entry was made into the home, and a number of jewelry items and electronics were stolen from within.

General Patrol members attended the residence after police were contacted that two suspects had arrived in what was subsequently determined to be a stolen vehicle and forcibly entered the involved home. 

Upon police arrival, the two suspects fled the residence in an attempt to make good their escape but were taken into custody without incident.

Members of the Property Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Both suspects were also identified as being responsible for a second break & enter to a residence in the 200 block of Bruce Street (which occurred on October 03, 2021). It was determined that both suspects had attended in a different stolen vehicle prior to committing the break-in.

Andrew Peter SHANNACAPPO, a 34-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Break, Enter & Theft Dwelling House (x2)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (x2)
- Theft Under $5000

He was detained in custody.

A 28-year-old male of Winnipeg faces charges of:

- Break, Enter & Theft Dwelling House (x2)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (x2)

He was released on an Undertaking (as mandated by the Criminal Code). 

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