December 17, 2021 Media Release

Project Return

Over the past year, the Winnipeg Police Service has received 7,780 missing person reports, averaging 707 per month.

On December 15, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service's Counter Exploitation/ Missing Person's Unit and General Patrol Members, in partnership with Outreach Workers from the Community in Winnipeg  (StreetReach and the Bear Clan Patrol) initiated Project Return. The aim is to protect youth within our city who are at a high risk of being sexually exploited and locate those reported missing.

The results of this Project Return are:

  • 19 missing at-risk youths and 2 missing adults were located and transported to a place of safety
  • 28 locations, known to be frequented by high risk missing youths, were checked
  • 15 Crime Prevention through Social Development (CPTSD) contacts were made to identify and assist those involved in sexual exploitation
  • 2 arrests were made for outstanding Warrants
  • 6 males between the ages of 25-48 were arrested for Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration
  • 6  vehicles were seized under the Highway Traffic Act for Prostitution offences.

Our commitment to locating missing youths and assisting those at risk of sexual exploitation in the community will continue.

“All Valuables Removed” – Holiday Crime Prevention

The Winnipeg Police Service will show their presence at high-traffic shopping centres for the upcoming busiest shopping days of the year. Our Community Support Units will patrol parking lots to deter thieves from targeting unattended vehicles containing valuables and holiday purchases.

Public awareness is essential in promoting safety and security for people and their belongings. Officers will enhance personal safety, security and share crime prevention tips for citizens frequenting the malls.

One way to protect your unattended vehicle and its contents is by participating in the WPS All Valuables Removed program. This program serves as a theft-deterrent by providing drivers with a checklist and reminder to remove valuables before leaving their parked vehicle. Officers will hand out a bright yellow card to place on your dashboard indicating: All Valuables Removed.

Property crime can be reduced when the police and community work collaboratively. In addition to proactive police patrolling, citizens can follow these crime prevention tips:

  • Remove valuables and shopping bags from view, including loose change and electronic devices.
  • Place a WPS “All Valuables Removed” placard on your windshield
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Never leave your house keys in your vehicle.
  • Don’t leave identification documents and credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows closed.
  • Park in a lit area when possible

 Anyone can print out a downloadable version of this card, by visiting our website:

 https://winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/vehicle_theft_prevention.stm

 Be safe, and Happy Holidays !

Sexual Exploitation – Arrest: R21-16627

In April of 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service Sex Crimes Unit became involved in an investigation into allegations of historical sexual exploitation concerning a teacher from St. Norbert Collegiate. The allegations concerned events that occurred between 2015 and 2018. Detectives from the Unit interviewed the victim, who was a 15-year-old student at the school when the incidents began.

At the completion of the investigation, detectives sought a Crown Opinion to determine if criminal charges should be laid. Manitoba Prosecution Service confirmed charges were authorized against the 36-year-old teacher.

Chasity Jenna Deah FINDLAY has been charged with:
- Sexual Interference
- Luring a Person Under 18 Years of Age
- Sexual Exploitation
- Sexual Assault
- Luring a Person Under 16 Years of Age

The accused was released by way of Crown Consent as per the Criminal Code.

Homicide – Arrests: C21-261237

Update:

On November 7, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a serious assault at Burrows Avenue and Aikins Street. An adult male was transported to hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.

The Homicide Unit took over the investigation, and the deceased has been identified as Felix Bernard CHIEF, a 28-year-old male of Winnipeg. Investigators believe CHIEF was in the area when an unknown group of people confronted him, leading to his assault. 

Three adults have been charged with this homicide.

  • Nicholas Brett MACDONALD, 26, (Manslaughter on December 8, 2021)
  • Jordan  Rae MYERION, 23, (Second Degree Murder on December 10, 2021)
  • Jeremy Aaron SCOTT, 25, (Manslaughter on December 16, 2021)

All three have been detained in custody.

The Homicide Unit is continuing this investigation. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 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