January 1, 2022 Media Release

Aggravated Assault – Arrest: C21-301973

On December 30, 2021, at 9:55 p.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to an apartment building in the 200 block of Machray Avenue for a report of the sounds of a fight coming from within a suite.

Upon arrival, a male opened the door a small amount for officers, but they could see that he was covered in blood and that a second male was severely injured inside the room. The suspect turned and ran into the suite as officers attempted to enter. The door had been partially barricaded by furniture, and an officer tried to use their Conducted Energy Weapon ("Taser") but was unsuccessful.

As officers made entry, the suspect threw an object at them, and he armed himself with a large machete – advancing towards officers in a threatening manner. Both officers deployed their Conducted Energy Weapons, and he was safely taken into custody.

The victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition, where he was upgraded to unstable condition.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation. It is believed that the victim and suspect are known as roommates.

Kevin Andrew Grier-Bruce, a 20-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Aggravated Assault
- Assault a Peace Officer with a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of a Weapon
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order (x2)

He was detained in custody.

Break and Enters – Update: C21-273686

Update:                 

On December 30, 2021, at approximately 11:50 p.m., a Central District General Patrol unit was in the area of Alexander Avenue and Beacon Street when they observed a stolen sedan driving erratically.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the Downtown area, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. AIR1 took control and maintained visual contact of the car as it drove dangerously through the St. Boniface and Old St. Vital areas.

At approximately 12:05 a.m., the stolen sedan slid into a vehicle in the area of St. Mary's Road and Riel Avenue. The suspect subsequently fled on foot and was taken into custody. The other vehicle's driver did not require medical attention.

The suspect was subsequently identified as Devon Bath. Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation and have linked Bath to an additional 14 break-ins – that occurred to various businesses across Winnipeg during December 2021.

Devon Allan Bath, a 36-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer
- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (x2)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Break & Enter with Intent – Place (x8)
- Break Enter & Theft – Place (x6)
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He was also processed on the previously-mentioned warrant (November break-ins) for charges of:

- Break & Enter with Intent – Place (x8)
- Break Enter & Theft – Place (x13)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
- Drive Suspended (Highway Traffic Act)

Bath was detained in custody.

As previously released:

Members of the Major Crimes Unit had asked the public for their assistance with locating Devon Allan Bath, a 36-year-old male of Winnipeg.

Investigators believed he was responsible for 21 break-ins to various businesses across Winnipeg between November 11 and November 30, 2021 – which caused over $75,000 in property damage and theft. As a result, a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Commercial Robbery – Arrest: C21-302489

On December 31, 2021, at 7:35 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service members responded to a business in the 900 block of Portage Avenue for a report of a male that had stabbed a security guard after attempting to steal.

Upon arrival, officers located the suspect restrained by the security guard and took him into custody. The security guard was transported to a hospital in stable condition, where he was treated and released.

Members of the Major Crimes Unit continued with the investigation. It is believed that the suspect had stabbed the security guard with a drill bit after he was caught trying to steal jewelry.

Kurtis Adam Leclaire, a 34-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:

- Robbery
- Possession of a Weapon

He was detained in custody

Impaired Driving/Mischief – Arrest: C21-302522

On December 31, 2021, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters security staff observed a sedan driving erratically near the HQ building.

A vehicle had driven through the transit corridor on Graham Avenue and then onto the sidewalk near the front vestibule on the northwest corner. The male driver drove dangerously around the building – ramming two overhead police garage doors and hitting a Winnipeg Transit bus twice. The male then exited the vehicle while still moving and was taken into custody by responding officers.

A 41-year-old male of Winnipeg is facing charges of:

- Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance
- Operation of a Conveyance While Impaired to Any Degree by BAC or Drug or a Combination of Both
- Fail or Refuse to Comply with Demand (x2)
- Mischief Over $5,000
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment (x2)

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


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