December 6, 2021 Media Release

Abduction/Aggravated Assault – Arrest: C21-256558/C21-283825

Update:

On December 5, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service located Jason Baker operating a stolen vehicle in the area of Arlington Street and Wellington Ave. Police attempted to stop the vehicle; however, the accused failed to comply. He subsequently collided with a cruiser car and was taken into custody.   

The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation. Jason Robert BAKER, 28, was charged with the following offences:

- Theft of Motor Vehicle
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon x2
- Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer
- Operation of a Conveyance While Impaired
- Fail or Refuse to Comply with Demand
- Assault with a Weapon
- Uttering Threats
- Warrant: Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Utter Threats, Robbery
- Warrant: HTA Drive Suspended

He was detained in custody.

As previously released:
On November 1, 2021, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Winnipeg Police officers responded to a report of a serious assault near the intersection of St. Mary’s Road and Fermor Avenue. Responding officers spoke to witnesses who related that a female in her twenties had been severely assaulted at a bus stop and subsequently dragged into a waiting vehicle. Initial indications were that at least two male suspects were involved. A witness attempted to intervene but was threatened by the suspect with a knife.

Multiple police resources were deployed as it appeared that the victim had been kidnapped.

Later, at approximately 8:40 p.m., an incident unfolded on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Deacon’s Corner. An adult female jumped out of a moving SUV which was travelling eastbound at a high rate of speed. The SUV stopped to retrieve the female, but the presence of other vehicles caused the SUV to speed off. By-standers contacted RCMP, who took the victim to a hospital in Steinbach, Manitoba. The victim was suffering significant injuries and was transferred to a hospital in Winnipeg. WPS investigators determined that the two incidents (Fermor Avenue and Trans-Canada) were linked and involved the same victim. It was also determined that the victim and the suspects were known to each other.

On the evening of November 2, 2021, members of the Major Crimes Unit and the Tactical Support Team arrested a suspect in Winnipeg.

Joshua Andrew BAKER, 22, has been charged with:
- Aggravated Assault
- Kidnapping
- Utter Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm
- Personating a Peace Officer
- Robbery
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order x 2

He was detained in Custody.

Investigators are searching for a second suspect in this incident. An arrest warrant has been issued for Jason Robert BAKER, 28.

Firearm – Arrests: C219282674

On December 3, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Central District Community Support Unit conducted a check at an insecure/vacant suite in the 400 block of Furby Street in response to community complaints. The suite was being breached and entered by people using it as a space to do drugs and take up lodging.

Police located four individuals unlawfully within the suite. They were all taken into custody, and a sawed-off rifle was found.

Two adult females ages 26 and 36 and two adult males ages 29 and 32 are facing charges related to being unlawfully in a dwelling house and having possession of a firearm.
All four were released on Undertakings (as mandated by the Criminal Code).

Assistance – C21:282503

On December 3, 2021, at approximately 4:00 p.m., the Downtown Foot Patrol Unit was conducting well-being checks in the bus shelters along the Vaughn/Graham Transit loop. 

They observed an adult male who was non-responsive and displayed signs of an opioid overdose. Officers immediately started CPR and administered Naloxone until paramedics arrived.

The male was revived and transported to hospital in stable condition.

To reduce the risk of an overdose, never use drugs alone and always carry Naloxone if opioids may be present. For more information on where you can find Naloxone, please visit Street Connections at: http://streetconnections.ca/content.php?navigation_id=2294

Anyone with information regarding drug trafficking is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online at: https://www.winnipegcrimestoppers.org/.

For addictions and treatment resources, please see the below links:

- Government of Manitoba: https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/mh/addictions/index.html
- Addictions Foundation of Manitoba: https://afm.mb.ca/
- Street Connections: http://www.streetconnections.ca/


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