December 20, 2021 Media Release

Off-Duty WPS Officer Arrested for Impaired Driving: C21-293731

On December 18, 2021, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Winnipeg Police General Patrol officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle Motor Vehicle Collision near Belmont Avenue and Salter Street. Officers located a vehicle that crashed into a tree. The driver, and sole occupant, was believed to be impaired.
 
The driver was determined to be a 52-year-old off-duty member of the Winnipeg Police Service. The investigation led to the driver facing charges of Impaired Driving and Drive Over .08 Blood Alcohol. As directed by the Criminal Code, he was released on an Appearance Notice. The accused has been an employee of the Winnipeg Police Service for 19 ½ years.
 
In accordance with the Police Services Act, the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba was notified and assumed a monitor role in the incident.

Stolen Vehicle – Arrest: C21-293674

On December 17, 2021, at 10:35 p.m., AIR1, with the assistance of ground units, responded to the 1300 block of Notre Dame Avenue for a report of a truck stolen while left running.

The suspect then collided with two other vehicles while attempting to flee the area. A female driver in her 30’s was injured and was transported to a hospital for precautionary reasons. The other driver did not require any medical attention at the time.

At 10:42 p.m., a Central District Community Support Unit observed the stolen truck in the area of Sargent Avenue and Young Street. With the assistance of AIR1, the vehicle was followed to the 300 block of McDermot Avenue, where ground units attempted to contain it. However, the suspect tried to flee in the truck and struck two WPS cruiser cars – causing significant damage to all three vehicles. He was subsequently taken into custody.

A 30-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:

- Theft of Motor Vehicle
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited Pursuant to Federal or Provincial Act
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance

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

Stolen Vehicle/Weapons – Arrest: C21-293769

On December 18, 2021, at 1:27 a.m., an East District General Patrol unit was in the area of Hespeler Avenue and Beatrice Street when they observed a stolen truck travelling nearby. In addition, the vehicle was later determined to have stolen licence plates on it.

Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the stolen vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Soon after, at 1:31 a.m., the truck was located abandoned in the area of Sinclair Street and Caruthers Avenue. 

Members of the K9 Unit attended and tracked to the 700 block of Bannerman Avenue, where a male suspect was attempting to hide after climbing a tree and a roof of a residence. The male was arrested, and a key to the stolen truck was located on him.
Officers subsequently seized two cans of bear spray – one from the area where the male was arrested and another left in the stolen truck.

The truck had been taken from the Munroe West neighbourhood during the morning of December 13, 2021, after it had been left running. The licence plates had been stolen from a truck in the Spence neighbourhood on December 17, 2021.

Douglas Bruce Smith, a 36-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (x2)
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x2)
- Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x7)

He was detained in custody.

Weapons – Arrest: C21-294314 & R21-68961

On December 18, 2021, at 7:26 p.m., North District General Patrol officers, with the assistance of the K9 Unit, responded to the area of Machray Avenue and Aikins Street for a report of a male armed with a firearm. The male had been seen pointing the gun at passing vehicles.

At 7:29 p.m., a suspect matching the description of the male was safely taken into custody at Mountain Avenue and Aikins Street. A search of him resulted in the seizure of a black BB handgun.

While in police custody, the suspect broke a protective glass window in a holding cell.

A 17-year-old male of Winnipeg has been charged with:

- Possession of a Weapon
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition

He is also facing charges of:

- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment

He was detained in custody.

Stolen Vehicle/Weapons – Arrests: C21-294548

On December 19, 2021, at approximately 2:15 a.m., a K9 Unit was in the area of Archibald Street and Mission Street when they observed a stolen truck travelling nearby.

East District General Patrol members were assigned to assist, and a tire-deflation device (“Stop Stick”) was successfully deployed.

At approximately 2:19 a.m., the vehicle came to a stop in the area of McCalman Avenue and Grey Street. Both occupants (a male and a female) attempted to flee on foot.

The female was quickly taken into custody, and at 2:24 a.m., a suspect matching the description of the male was located in the area of Foster Street and Talbot Avenue. The female was found to be in possession of a key to the truck.

Members of the K9 Unit subsequently tracked from the abandoned stolen truck to the male’s location. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a number of items, including the following:

- A loaded sawed-off .177 calibre air rifle modified to accept ammunition containing a .22 calibre round
- Two replica pistol-style BB guns
- Multiple fake identification cards in various states of production
- A cheque book is believed to have been stolen from two residents of Tyndall

The truck is believed to have been stolen from the Central Park neighbourhood between December 11-12. 

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation.

Philip Billy-Joe Nepinak, a 33-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x3)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle (x3)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of an Identity Document
- Identity Theft
- Drive Suspended (Highway Traffic Act)

Vicki Riva Little, a 33-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Transport Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x3)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle (x3)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (x3)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
- Possession of an Identity Document
- Identity Theft (x2)

They were detained in custody.

Robberies with Firearm – Investigations: C21-293678

On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service responded to two related incidents involving a robbery with a firearm and a machete. 

At approximately 10:30 p.m., a male in his twenties was walking in the 1600 block of Main Street when two unknown males unexpectedly confronted him. One of the suspects pointed a gun, and they physically struggled with each other. The victim managed to escape, running to a nearby vendor for safety contacting the police. 

Approximately ten minutes later, and a short distance away, a female in her twenties was robbed by two unknown males at gunpoint while walking on Main Street, near Atlantic Avenue. She was assaulted with a machete as they demanded her property then fled on foot. 

A bystander observed the victim lying on the ground, provided her medical assistance, and contacted police. The victim was transported to hospital with a severe injury to her leg.

General Patrol Units, with the assistance of AIR1, conducted a thorough area search and preliminary investigation. The Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, please contact the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers 204-786-TIPS.

Utter Threats – Arrest: C21-293709

On December 17, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., members of the West District, with the assistance of AIR1, responded to a threats call involving a firearm. 

After causing a disturbance at a convenience store, a male fled the area and caused damage to a gate in the 300 block of Ferry Road. A resident heard the crashing of the gate and observed the male rummaging through another neighbour’s property. The resident (victim) told him to leave, and the suspect produced a gun and threatened to kill him. He fled on foot, and the victim contacted police, providing a clothing description.  

AIR1 observed a suspect with the matching clothing description entering a nearby residence. They maintained aerial support while officers located the suspect at the residence and took him into custody. A firearm was not recovered. 

Fox Quinton Mosseau, a 21-year-old male of Winnipeg, was charged with the following offences:

- Utter Threats to Kill
- Mischief Under $5,000
- Fail to Comply with Release Order x 2

He was detained in custody. 

Firearm – Arrest: C21-294034

On December 18, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Winnipeg Police received a report of a male with a gun at a residence in the 200 block of Selkirk Avenue. Multiple police units responded, and Selkirk Avenue was blocked off between Charles Walk and King Street for approximately 90 minutes. 

The Tactical Support Team was able to safely remove all occupants from the residence. A sawed-off shotgun and a small amount of methamphetamine were located inside the house. 

A 31-year-old male will be charged with:

- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Careless Storage of a Firearm
- Possession of Prohibited/Restricted Firearm
- Possess Scheduled Substance (Methamphetamine)


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