On Saturday, March 5, 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release announcing the arrest of a suspect identified in the homicide of Henry Kipling (23).
Police indicate Kipling was injured in two unrelated attacks in the early morning hours of February 27.
- In the first assault, Police indicate a female suspect became involved in an argument with Kipling while inside a Main Street Hotel. The woman was subsequently ejected from the premise. A short time later she confronted Kipling outside the Hotel and assaulted him.
- The second attack occurred approximately 30 minutes later when Kipling was assaulted and robbed in the same area. Police say Kipling was waiting for a taxi back when a man attacked and robbed him. Police note Kipling was not able to defend himself as he was incapacitated from the earlier assault.
Police subsequently sought the public’s assistance in identifying two “subjects of interest” depicted in photographs seized during the investigation.
Winnipeg Police Service spokesperson Constable Jason Michalyshyn later indicated, “The release of the surveillance photos and public support once again assisted investigators with moving this investigation forward.”
On March 3, 2016, police charged Jenna Rose Traverse (23) with aggravated assault due to her alleged involvement in the first assault. She was detained in custody.
On March 4, 2016, police issued a press release indicating they obtained a Canada Wide Warrant for manslaughter for the arrest of Travis Chief (23) (aka Guimond) in connection with the killing.
Dakota Ojibway Police Collar Suspect
On March 4, 2016, just before midnight, members of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service located and arrested Chief in Waywayseecappo, Manitoba.
Chief was turned over to WPS Homicide Unit investigators without incident.
He was subsequently processed and detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
The Winnipeg Police Service thanked members of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service, members of the public and media for their assistance in the investigation.
Kipling is the 6th reported victim of Homicide in Winnipeg this year.
Media reports indicate Kipling came to Winnipeg to attend a wedding social.
5 of the 6 killings have been solved.
Solvency rate = 83%.
Last year, the 6th homicide was recorded on April 20.