November 3, 2021 Media Release

Break and Enter – Investigation: C21-254696

On October 30, 2021, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the report of a break and enter at a residence in the 500 block of Stella Avenue. Information indicated that two unknown suspects had broken into a vacant property and attempted to steal a furnace. Residents reported an odour of natural gas, which could be smelled outside. 

North District General Patrol officers arrived and confirmed the strong smell of propane gas emanating from the residence, where two unresponsive individuals could be seen inside the house. The two officers quickly reacted, entered the residence, and rescued two adults who had been overcome by the noxious gas fumes.

Once safely outside, the two individuals regained consciousness and were subsequently assessed and treated by the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.

It was believed that the two suspects were attempting to steal the furnace when the gas feed became dislodged, causing the leak, which rendered them unconscious. Manitoba Hydro attended to repair the damage and secure the leak.

One adult male and one adult female in their forties were detained and later released with no charges.

Armed Robbery – Arrest: C2-1245777

On October 20, 2021, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at a financial institution located in the 1300 block of McPhillips Street. A male suspect entered the building armed with what is believed to be a handgun. No injuries were reported, and the suspect fled in a waiting vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The subsequent investigation by the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit led to the arrest of Travis Kenneth William SADOWY, 31, on November 1, 2021. He was detained in custody.

Sadowy was charged with:
- Armed Robbery Using a Firearm
- Drive Suspended (HTA)

An arrest warrant has been issued for a second suspect in this incident. Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in locating John Raven WARD, 37. Ward is wanted on firearms and robbery-related offences, and he is the subject of a second warrant for being Unlawfully at Large. He is 5’8” in height with auburn hair and brown eyes.

Ward is not to be approached. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6219 or 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

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