On Friday, June 30, 2017, the WPS Public Information Office issued a media release announcing additional arrests in a recent murder in the Cities north end.
The Back Story
On Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 6:15 p.m., EMS personnel responded to the report of a “male down” in the front yard of a residence in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue.
The man was transported to hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.
The victim was identified as William George Sumner (27).
At the time of the original press release, police did not provide information regarding cause of death, motive or suspect (s).
Police subsequently indicated the victim had been in a residence in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue when he became embroiled in a dispute with a man and his “associates.”
The man is said to have produced a handgun and fired a number of shots at Sumner causing fatal injuries.
The suspect then fled the scene.
On June 20, 2017, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the suspect was involved in a minor traffic incident in the Logan Avenue and Keewatin Street area. During the incident the suspect pointed a handgun at a motorist.
On June 22, 2017, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a patrolling police supervisor observed the suspect’s vehicle in traffic in the Logan Avenue and Keewatin Street area.
Police followed the suspect to the 1800 block of Logan Avenue where he parked at the rear of a residence. Patrol Units, along with the Tactical Support Team and ARV1 attended and secured the area.
The suspect subsequently exited the residence and was arrested without incident.
He was identified as Cameron Bounthieng Kinnavanthong (32) years of age.
Kinnavanthong has been charged with 2nd degree murder and a number of firearm related offences.
He was detained in custody.
Police executed a search warrant at the Logan Avenue address and seized a handgun and an automatic assault rifle.
Police sources indicate the killing was drug and gang related.
Update – Gangsters Charged
On June 29, 2017, police advised two additional suspects were charged in connection with this killing.
The suspects were identified as;
- Gene Lester Joseph Malcolm (33) of Winnipeg – charged with Manslaughter.
- Jonathan Erin Catcheway (28) of Winnipeg – charged with Manslaughter and Fail to Comply with Probation Order.
Both men were detained in custody.
Police indicate the investigation is ongoing, however, no additional arrests are anticipated.
Sumner was the 12th reported victim of homicide this year.
The WPS has solved all reported homicides to date.
(That number currently stands at 13 reported killings.)
Malcolm and Catcheway are both well-known gangsters in Winnipeg.
A brief search of the WPS newsroom data base shows several serious criminal gang-related contacts involving both subjects.
(The information only reflects relatively recent events and is by no means an exhaustive or detailed record.)
Gene Lester Joseph Malcolm
Malcom aka “Mean Gene” is a well-known habitual criminal with former ties to a number of Winnipeg Street gangs.
On Friday, September 26, 2003, during the early morning hours, Malcolm was shot outside of his residence on Hallet Street. Malcolm was initially listed in critical condition but subsequently recovered from his injuries. Police indicated the shooting was as a result of a dispute between competing street gangs. IP gangsters Lawrence Keith McIvor and Clinton Alexander Letandre were identified as suspects in the shooting.
On July 24, 2008, a residence on Selkirk Ave was shot multiple times. At the time of the shooting eight people were inside the home. The list of those present included children ages one month, six months, three years and four years of age. The primary resident at the location was Malcolm’s mother.
It seemed likely Malcolm was the intended target of the attack.
Malcolm’s brother was shot in the stomach in June of that year.
On November 25, 2011, the WPS executed a search warrant at a hotel on Wellington Ave and subsequently seized a handgun and ammunition. Malcolm and a female were charged with a number of firearm related offences including two counts of possession of a firearm while prohibited. Malcolm was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison based on a Crown / Defence joint recommendation.
Johnathan Erin Catcheway
On June 13, 2009, Catcheway was charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the north end shooting death of infamous IP gangster Wayne Roger Michelle. The charges were subsequently dropped.
(In 2000, Wayne Michelle and his brother Sheldon Michelle were charged in connection to the gang related killing of Adrian Bruyere.)
On July 17, 2012 at 5:30 am, police responded to a shooting in the 400 block of Burrows Avenue. Upon arrival police located a 15-year-old male victim who had been shot in the lower body. Police subsequently arrested Catcheway and charged him with aggravated assault, multiple firearms related offences, disguise with intent and breach of probation. He was also charged with possession of proceeds of crime as he was found in possession of a large amount of Canadian currency at the time of his arrest.
On February 14, 2014, a party took place at a residence in the 700 block of Magnus Avenue. During the evening an argument ensued and resulted in a 15-year-old boy being seriously assaulted. A 19-year-old man was also attacked and stabbed. Catcheway was subsequently charged with Attempt Murder and Assault Cause Bodily Harm in connection with the incident.