Members of the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit have solved another killing in River City.
On April 27, 2016, at approximately 2:20 p.m., EMS personnel responded to the area of Alexander Ave and Dee Street regarding the report of an injured man.
Information received indicated the man was suffering from stab wounds and required immediate medical attention.
Upon arrival, the man was located and rushed to hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased.
The victim was identified as Gheorghe Uta (52) of Winnipeg.
Police subsequently released descriptions two “persons of interest” in the investigation who were described as;
#1) Male, Aboriginal in appearance, 20’s, 5’9” – 6’0” in height, thin build, wearing a dark hoody with hood up, baseball cap worn underneath. He was riding a blue mountain bike.
#2) Female – Aboriginal in appearance, 20’s, 5’4”- 5’5” in height, medium build, long dark hair, wearing a light coloured zip up hoody and black pants. She was riding a white mountain bike.
On May 4, 2016, Winnipeg Police issued a news release indicating Richard George Paul (19) years of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with the following offences in connection with the investigation;
- Aggravated Assault
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 2
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order x 2
Paul was detained in custody.
Police did not indicate if any further arrests were pending.
Uta is the 10th reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
Last year, the 10th homicide was reported on May 16.
The Police Insider – “Police Looking for Suspects in Homicide Case.”
Media reports indicate Uta may have been stabbed at the same location on March 31st this year. Reports indicate a man was taken to hospital, treated and later released.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved 9 out of the 10 murder cases investigated this year.
Solvency rate – 90%
6 – Male
4 – Female
Blunt Force – 6
Stabbing – 3
Shooting – 1