On Thursday, March 14, 2014, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a press release indicating they’re still looking for a gangster wanted in connection with the first homicide of 2014.
On January 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., WPS officers and other emergency personnel responded to a residence in the 200 block of Andrews Street regarding an injured male. Upon arrival Police located a deceased male victim identified as Justin Desmarais (24) years. The cause of death was not confirmed, however, media reports suggested the victim died after suffering multiple stab wounds.
Police indicate they believe Desmarais was involved in an argument within the residence which is a nefarious location known for illicit drug activities.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, Police identified Justin Atelard Catcheway (30) of Winnipeg as a suspect in the killing. Police still hold a Canada Wide arrest warrant for 2nd degree murder for Catcheway.
Catcheway is described as: Male, Aboriginal, 5’10” tall, 260 lbs., heavy build, short straight black hair, pockmarked skin, thin moustache/goatee and a tattoo on right-side of neck.
Police indicate Catcheway is an associate of the Manitoba Warriors Street gang and should not be approached if observed. If Catcheway is seen Police ask that you contact them immediately.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact members of the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the first Homicide of the year:
- 2013 – Jan 24
- 2012 – Jan 12
- 2011 – Jan 6 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
- 2010 – Mar 20
- 2009 – Jan 11
- 2008 – Jan 2
- 2007 – Jan 16
- 2006 – Jan 1
- 2005 – Feb 5
- 2004 – Feb 1 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)