November 15, 2021 Media Release

Online Investment Scams – Public Advisory

The Winnipeg Police Service’s Financial Crimes Unit has recently seen a spike in consumer investment scams via online social media platforms. Investigators have seen several methods in which people are being targeted via their social media accounts.

One method has included fraudulent investment invitations that are sent to people’s social media accounts. Profitable investment opportunities are promised if they send money to put towards the investment, and additional funds are later requested to release the proceeds of this fraudulent investment. The victim later determines the investment opportunity or company is fake, and they have been defrauded.

In other instances, people’s social media accounts have been hacked, and their contact lists are infiltrated. The previously mentioned investment scam is then replicated using their trusted contact list to reach more potential victims

The Financial Crimes Unit is actively investigating such incidents and encourages the public to verify investment sources before partaking in any online financial trading and investing. If you receive an invitation from a “friend/social media contact,” confirm they are a legitimate contact who has sent you a request or invitation.

Should you be victimized by a fraudster, please report it using the online reporting system. Awareness is pivotal for our investigators to assist the public and curtail such crimes. More information (including how to report frauds) can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm

Assault Peace Officer – Arrest: C21- 266403

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, at approximately 7:00 p.m., General Patrol officers were guarding an individual at the hospital when an unrelated male randomly and without provocation lunged at one of the officers and grabbed hold of their service firearm. The officers took control of the male who continued to assault them while being taken into custody. 

Miles Howard MENTUCK, 37, was charged with Assault Peace Officer x 2, and Disarming a Peace Officer. He was detained in custody.

Stabbing – Investigation: C21-266834

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Central District Patrol officers responded to the report of a male who had been stabbed and seriously injured in the area of Sherbrook Street and Alexander Avenue. A male in his forties was transported to hospital in critical condition and later upgraded to stable condition. No arrests have been made, and there are no further updates at this time.

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

Stabbing – Arrest: C21-267020

On Sunday, November 14, 2021, shortly after 7:00 p.m., West District Patrol officers responded to a restaurant in the area of River Avenue and Osborne Street for two males fighting. Officers located an adult male who had been stabbed and was bleeding profusely. Bystanders pointed out the suspect who was taken into police custody. The victim in his forties was transported to hospital in unstable condition and later upgraded to stable condition. It was determined that the victim and the accused were not previously known to each other when an argument escalated and ended in the assault.

The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Aaron Braiden Joseph BEAUPRE, 20, was charged with: Assault with a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon. He was detained in custody.

Shots – Investigation: C21-267201

On November 15, 2021, at approximately 4:00 a.m. General Patrol Officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, responded to the report of shots outside of a residence in the 600 block of Furby Street. Police determined rounds had been fired, and no injuries were reported.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information to assist investigators is asked to call the Major Crimes Unit 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