On September 4, 2013 at approximately 7:50 am, members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to a suite at 210 Chestnut Street regarding the discovery of two (2) deceased occupants.
Police subsequently reported the victims were identified as Unice Ophelia Crow (19) and Trevor James Sinclair (31). Both victims were killed as a result of suffering stab wounds to the upper body.
Investigators confirmed family members last had contact with the victims on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
On February 10, 2014, the WPS Public Information Office provided a media release advising Police have arrested a suspect in the case who was identified as Jeffrey James Kionke (44) of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Police report Kionke was arrested by members of the Regina Police Service on February 5, 2014 on the strength of an arrest warrant for second degree murder. He has since been transported to Winnipeg and was detained at the Provincial Remand Center.
Media accounts report Kionke was a resident in the rooming house where the homicides occurred.
Kionke is listed as “Kelowna’s Most Wanted” on a Crime Stoppers page that indicates he is wanted on a Province wide warrant as of November 10, 2010. Crime Stoppers indicates Kionke was wanted for one (1) count of theft under $5,000 and three (3) counts of breach of probation.
In 2013, the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit investigated a total of twenty-five (25) Homicides. Only one (1) case remains unsolved, hence a solvency rate of 96%. Methods used in these killings varied and were reported as follows:
- Stabbing 12
- Blunt Force 7
- Shooting 4
- Drowning 2