On Monday, April 1, 2013 at approximately 9:00 am, a twenty-three (23) year old female was in a Portage Ave sky walk when she passed a male who was committing an indecent act. The female was able to leave the area and report the incident.
The suspect is described as:
Aboriginal in appearance, approximately 6’3” tall, heavy build, mid to late 20’s, with short dark hair, clean-shaven, wearing a black colored puffy winter jacket with a hood, black sweat pants and a dark-colored toque.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Division 11 detectives at (204) 986-6668 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).
These kind of incidents are common in most large urban centers. Unfortunately for the City of Winnipeg, the Downtown area, including Portage Place is frequented by drug dealers, habitual criminals and ne’er-do-well (s) like the person described in the WPS press release.
People often ask me if they should report seemingly minor incidents they observe when they are Downtown or in other areas of the City. The common mindset is “Whats the point or reporting when there is little chance of an arrest or prosecution.”
On the contrary, it’s imperative that these kinds of incidents are reported to the Police post-haste.
Although the suspect in this case eluded capture, any further reports of similar incidents can be used by Police to build a case or initiate a proactive investigation. The Police can’t reduce crime if the Public mindset becomes apathetic and crimes such as these go unreported.
Public safety is everyone’s responsibility.