The Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit has made an arrest in the latest murder in the City.
On July 26, 2014, at approximately 5:40 am, emergency services personnel were dispatched to a report of a fire alarm at an apartment building in the 100 block of Hargrave Street.
On arrival, fire fighters extinguished a small fire within a suite and located a male victim with injuries to his upper body. The man was transported to hospital in critical condition where he later died.
He was identified as Arthur Haussermann (53) of Winnipeg.
The WPS Homicide Unit was called to investigate.
The fire was contained to the subject suite and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage.
Police indicated the results of an autopsy were pending and confirmed the death was considered a Homicide.
On July 29, 2014, shortly after 4:00 pm, Police arrested Clarissa Dawn Ponace (29) of Winnipeg and charged her with;
- Second Degree Murder
- Arson Endanger Life
- Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 4
- Fail to Comply with Probation x 2
Ponace was detained in custody.
The investigation is ongoing.
Haussermann is the fourteenth (14th) homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
Police have solved all but two (2) of the fourteen (14) cases.
Haussermann is the 4th Homicide victim in Winnipeg in the month of July.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 14th Homicide of the year;
2013 – July 24
2012 – May 1
2011 – May 16 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Aug 7
2009 – June 30
2008 – May 10
2007 – July 15
2006 – Sept 13
2005 – July 4
2004 – June 27 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)