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Homicide Cases Spike as End of September Draws Near

WPS Homicide Scene (Photo JGJ)

After going forty-six (46) days without recording a murder, the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Detectives have caught three (3) cases in as many days.

On September 22, 2018, at 1:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Pritchard Ave regarding a “check the well-being call.”

Upon arrival, officers located the body of a man who had been violently assaulted.

Police identified the deceased man as Jason Peter John James (40) of Winnipeg.

WPS Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver indicated police were working to identify suspects but no arrests had been made.

Jason Peter John James is the thirteenth (13th) reported homicide victim of the year.


On September 23, 2018, at approximately 2:15 a.m., police responded to an assault in progress in front of a residence in the 400 block of Redwood Avenue.

Police arrived at the scene within three (3) minutes and intervened as the assault was still in progress.

The assailant, a fifteen (15) year old male youth, was immediately taken into custody.

Police located a seventy-three (73) year old male victim found to be suffering from serious upper body and head injuries. The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

The youth was subsequently charged with aggravated assault and failure to comply with sentence x 2.

He was also charged with a number of other violent crimes including;

  • Robbery with Firearm – August 23, 2018
  • B&E Commit Robbery, Point Firearm, Utter Threats & other weapons offences – August 23, 2018
  • Warrant of Arrest – August 25, 2018
  • Warrant of Arrest – August 31, 2018

The youth was detained in custody.

On September 24, 2018, the seventy-three (73) year old victim died from his injuries.

As a result, the young offender’s charges have been raised to 2nd-degree murder.

The alleged offender remains in custody.

Police have not released information regarding the victim’s identity or the motive for the killing.

Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver indicated information suggests the victim and the accused killer were not known to each other.

The man killed in this attack is the fourteenth (14th) reported homicide victim of the year.


On September 24, 2018, at approximately 4 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to a report of a male assaulted in the railway underpass on McPhillips Street near Logan Avenue.

Upon arrival, an injured man was located and rushed to hospital where he died from his injuries.

No further information was released.

The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit.  Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

The man killed in this attack is the fifteenth (15th) reported homicide victim of the year.


Insider Commentary;

How quickly things change.

A few days ago, Winnipeg homicide numbers were down 40% in comparison to last year.

With three (3) killings recorded in as many days, that number now sits at a decline of only -25%.

Police have solved 12 of 15 reported homicide cases so far this year – solvency rate = 80%.


Youth Crime

The fifteen (15) year old youth charged in connection with the death of the seventy-three (73) year old male victim is the first young person charged with a homicide offence this year.

In 2017, the WPS charged a total of nine (9) young offenders with homicide-related offences that ran the gamut from 1st-degree murder to 2nd-degree murder to manslaughter.

A total of 7 male and 2 female youths were charged in the killings.

The accused killers ranged in age from 14 – 17 years.

(Both female offenders were 14 years of age.)

In 2016, no young offenders were charged with homicide offences.


2018 Homicide Statistics

Stabbings continue to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;

Victims

  • Male – 12
  • Female – 3

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 7
  • Blunt Force – 5
  • Shooting – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 1
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