Downtown Stabbing Nets Murder Charge

WPS PIO Constable Tammy Skrabek (Photo JGJ)

It’s been sixty-eight (68) days since the Winnipeg Police Service had to investigate a new homicide case.

The fall break is officially over.

On November 6, 2018, at approximately 6:10 p.m., emergency services personnel responded to the report of a stabbing inside a business located in the 100 block of Garry Street.

Upon arrival, police officers located two (2) men who were suffering from stab wounds.

Both men were rushed to hospital in critical condition.

EMS – Photo JGJ

One victim, a 30-year-old man, was treated for his injuries and upgraded to stable condition.

The second victim, a 54-year-old man, was pronounced deceased a short after arriving at the hospital.

Police indicate the investigation revealed a male suspect had a verbal disagreement with both victims in the hallway at the business. Police say the argument escalated into a physical confrontation with the 30-year-old man who was subsequently stabbed multiple times in the upper body.

After the stabbing, the suspect fled the scene.

A short time later, the suspect returned and confronted the 54-year-old victim who he proceeded to stab several times in the upper body.

The suspect is reported to have fled from the crime scene in a vehicle.

Police identified the attacker and learned he was a federal offender on statutory release.

Police identified the attacker and learned he was a federal offender on statutory release.

Police subsequently applied for and received a Canada wide arrest warrant to facilitate the revocation of the alleged killers’ parole.

On November 7, 2018, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the suspect was located outside of his residence and taken into custody.

Police identified the accused as Kristopher Derek Watt (39) who has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and attempt to commit murder.

Watt was detained in custody.

Police did not release the identities of the victims in this case.

The deceased 54-year-old victim killed in this incident is the 17th homicide victim of the year.

A Criminal Pedigree

In July of 2016, Watt was convicted of a number of crimes including robbery with an imitation firearm, possession of a weapon, wearing a disguise, uttering threats and breaching a recognizance.

The charges were laid in connection with a holdup at a Scotiabank at 4190 Roblin Blvd on May 22, 2014.

Court records indicate Watt went into the bank, demanded cash and fled with an envelope containing approximately $5,500 in cash.

Unfortunately for him, the envelope contained a dye pack which exploded in his hands.

Watt was arrested high-speed chase.

Statutory Release:

The law requires that federal offenders who have served 2/3’s of a fixed length sentence be released from prison under supervision.

On statutory release, offenders serve a portion of their time under supervision in the community before their sentence ends to presumably help them return to society as law-abiding citizens.

(Hard data on the recidivism rate can be difficult to find.)

Offenders serving life sentences do not qualify for statutory release.

Federal offenders are classified as persons convicted of a crime that results in a sentence of 2 years or more.

*Source – Government of Canada

2018 Homicide Statistics

At this time last year, the City recorded a total of 22 homicide cases.

The year ended with a total of twenty-three (23) homicides – all twenty-three cases were solved – solvency rate 100%.

This year, police have solved a total of 16 of the 17 reported homicide cases – solvency rate – 94%.

The year over year (2018 – 2017) homicide count is now down -22%.

Stabbings continue to dominate the manner of death in Winnipeg homicide cases;


  • Male – 13
  • Female – 3
  • Child – 1 (Male – 21 months)

Cause of Death

  • Stabbing – 9
  • Blunt Force – 5
  • Shooting – 2
  • Not Disclosed – 1

Editor’s Note:

Mary Madeline Yellowback (WPS Handout)

In September, the WPS issued a press release regarding the discovery of a woman’s body found in recycling material at a recycling depot in the 100 block of Omands Creek.

At the time of the report, police considered the death to be suspicious in nature.

The victim was subsequently identified as Mary Madeline Yellowback (33) of Winnipeg.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Yellowback’s death has not been included in the 2018 homicide statistics.

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