Members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit have collared a suspect wanted in connection with the tragic murder of Joshua Bentley (18).
On January 24, 2014, at approximately 11:30 pm, Police were dispatched to the area of the Osborne Street Bridge regarding the report of an assault. On arrival Officers found two (2) injured adult males who were both transported to Hospital in critical condition. Bentley died as a result of his injuries.
Police Insider sources indicate he was stabbed to death.
Police advise the investigation revealed the victims and suspect, who were not previously known to each other, attended a house party in the area. The suspect, in the company of two women, left the party before the victim’s departed. The suspect remained in his vehicle outside the apartment block and attacked the victims when they exited the building. Bentley suffered extensive trauma to the upper body as a result of the assault. The 20 year-old also sustained an upper body injury. The victim group fled eastbound across the bridge where they were located and transported by emergency services.
Due to investigative efforts by the Homicide Unit, General Patrol, Street Crime Unit and the Forensic Identification Section, an arrest has been made.
On January 26, 2014, Mowlid Korane Mohamed (26) of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Attempt Murder, Assault and Utter Threats due to his alleged involvement.
Mohamed is “known” to Police and was charged with a number of weapons offences after a Hummer was shot up in Whyte Ridge over the July long weekend in 2011. Police spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshen confirmed Mohameds’ had “significant” Police involvement in the past and acknowledged he has associations to a local street gang in Winnipeg.
Crime reporter James Turner reported on Twitter that Mohamed was a self-admitted African Mafia gang member known by the street name “Soldier.”
Mohamed was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Interviews are ongoing by members of the Homicide Unit.
This is the second murder recorded in Winnipeg in 2014.
On January 19, 2014, members of the WPS responded to a residence in the 200 block of Andrews Street and subsequently found the body of Justin Desmarais (24). Media reports indicated Desmarais had been stabbed multiple times.
On January 27, 2014, Police issued a press release identifying a suspect in the killing.
Justin Atelard Catcheway (30) is currently wanted on a Canada Wide warrant for 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the second Homicide of the year:
- 2013 – Feb 15
- 2012 – Jan 23
- 2011 – Jan 15 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
- 2010 – Mar 27
- 2009 – Jan 18
- 2008 – Jan 4
- 2007 – Jan 17
- 2006 – Jan 6
- 2005 – March 5
- 2004 – Feb 14 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)