Identify a murder suspect, distribute his photograph to media outlets, sit back, be patient and hope the killer comes to you.
It often works.
The suspect see’s his face on television or in the newspaper and feels like his world has collapsed. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
That’s precisely what happened in the latest WPS homicide investigation.
It only took a day for the pressure to get to Colin Leonard Traverse (32) who turned himself in to police custody today.
On December 22, 2015, at approximately 9:00 pm, EMS personnel were dispatched to the 1100 block of Beauty Ave regarding the report of a medic call.
On arrival, police located Hector Lee Sinclair (45) suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. Sinclair was transported to hospital and was listed in critical condition.
On December 31, 2015, Sinclair was taken off life support and succumbed to his injuries.
On January 5, 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service released a photograph of Traverse indicating he was wanted on the strength of a warrant for 2nd degree murder in connection with Sinclair’s killing.
On January 6, 2016 at approximately 7:30 pm, Traverse turned himself in to police custody.
He was processed and detained in custody.
Sinclair was the 23rd reported homicide victim in Winnipeg in 2015.
All but two (2) cases in 2015 have been solved which equates to a 91% solvency rate.
Winnipeg recorded 25 homicides in both 2014 and 2013.
In 2015, a total of 7 victims died as a result of suffering stab wounds or edged weapon attacks.
In 2014, a total of 15 victims died as a result of suffering stab wounds or edged weapon attacks.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 23rd homicide of the year…
2014 – Dec 15
2013 – Nov 15
2012 – Sept 29
2011 – July 19 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Twenty-two homicides recorded
2009 – Oct 11
2008 – Oct 30
2007 – Oct 23
2006 – Charge laid at end of December incident occurred Oct 4
2005 – Oct 14
2004 – Sept 30 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)