Members of the WPS Homicide Unit are still on the hunt for a Young Offender wanted in connection with a gang related murder that occurred last year.
On April 2, 2013, just after 4:00 pm, the victim, Nigel Dixon (20) was gunned down in a brazen broad daylight shooting in the 500 block of Langside Street. A woman in his company was also shot but survived the seemingly random attack.
Police subsequently learned the victims were walking in the area when they were approached by a group of thugs who accused them of being gang members. The victim’s denied having any gang involvement and walked away to avoid any further confrontation. The denials failed to convince one of the gangsters who brandished a firearm and opened fire on the defenceless couple.
Police confirmed the victims had no gang associations and were shot in what they believed was a case of mistaken identity.
A cursory search of the area near the crime scene showed evidence of significant gang tagging indicative of street gangs locked in struggle to control “turf.” Media reports suggested tensions between Manitoba Warriors and Mad Cow gang members was heating up in the area.
On May 8, 2013, Police reported they had obtained a Canada Wide Warrant for 2nd degree murder for a young offender identified as Anthony McClements (17) years. McClements was described as Caucasian, 5’9″ tall, 150 lbs, short or shaved blonde hair, facial acne, blue eyes, tattoos on right forearm “Hustle to Live” and “Live to Hustle” on his left forearm. He was also reported to have gang associations.
(As McClements was a young offender at the time of the killing, Police were required to obtain a court order to authorize the release of his identity and photograph.)
On Friday, January 17, 2014, Police issued a press release indicating they are still pursuing McClements who remains at large. Police have obtained a second court order authorizing the release of McClements identity and photograph and are asking media outlets to share this information across the Country.
At the time of the initial press release, Police indicated they believed McClements had fled the City and may have been on the run in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer or Vancouver. Police now caution that McClements may have altered his appearance by changing his hairstyle, growing a beard or moustache or by covering his tattoos.
The investigation is continuing by the Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Unit. Anyone with information pertaining to McClements’ whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
(The Court Order authorizing the release of McClements’ photograph expires on January 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. media outlets are reminded not to publish his name or photograph after that date.)
If McClements is convicted of second degree murder and sentenced as an adult he’ll receive a life sentence and will be eligible for parole after a scant seven (7) years in custody.
If he’s convicted of second degree murder and sentenced as a young offender, McClements will receive a maximum sentence of seven (7) years – only four (4) of which will be served in custody while the remaining three (3) years must be served in the community with conditions and under supervision.
With a worst case scenario of a seven (7) year custodial sentence, you’d think McClements would be eager to start doing his time. Seven (7) years in jail for a gang related execution style murder of an unarmed man who made the fatal mistake of walking down Langside Street in broad daylight on a Tuesday afternoon.
Somehow, that just doesn’t seem right to me.