The Winnipeg Police Service has identified the suspect wanted in the brazen gang related killing of innocent victim Nigel Dixon (20).
Dixon was killed after being gunned down in broad daylight in the 500 block of Langside Street on April 2, 2013 just after 4:00 pm. 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.
A quick walk at the crime scene showed evidence of significant gang tagging indicative of several 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 Monday, April 29, 2013, the WPS Street Crimes Unit announced the arrest of nine (9) of ten (10) Mad Cow gang members collared for a variety of offences during Project Recall, a proactive investigation into the illicit drug trafficking activities of the Mad Cow street gang. These arrests provided Police with an opportunity to debrief Mad Cow street gang members regarding the need to gather much sought after gang intelligence. The senseless slaughter of Nigel Dixon had to be a hot topic for discussion during those conversations.
On May 8, 2013, the WPS announced Homicide Unit investigators obtained a Court Order authorizing the release of the identity of a youth suspect wanted in connection with Dixon’s killing. The alleged killer has been identified as Anthony Mcclements (17) years. Mcclements is 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.
Police confirmed Mcclements has gang associations but declined to confirm whether he has any connection to the Mad Cowz street gang.
Police have issued a Canada Wide arrest warrant for Second Degree Murder & Attempt Murder for Mcclements and indicate he may have fled the City and could be “on the run” in Toronto, Calgary, Red Deer or Vancouver.
The investigation is continuing by the WPS Homicide Unit. Anyone with information concerning MCCLEMENTS’ whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
The fact that a seventeen (17) year old gangster has been identified as Nigel Dixon’s shooter supports my recent criticism of Judge Sid Lerner who inexplicably granted bail to seventeen (17) year old Mad Cow gangster arrested in Project Recall.
The Crown assigned to the case properly argued for the youths detention; “There’s a reason why the police have come down with this project; (it’s) because Mad Cowz are selling drugs in the inner city, they’re known to be violent and now this is what (he’s) got himself involved in. I think he needs to stay in custody.”
Unfortunately, Judge Lerner took a soft Justice approach and released the gangster.
The brazen killing of Nigel Dixon sends a message to all of us that simply cannot be ignored. The message; Young Offenders who join hard core street gangs like the Mad Cowz present a serious threat to public safety and peace loving citizens of our society.
As safeguards of the public peace, Manitoba Judges need to be alert to the realities of that danger.
THE POLICE INSIDER – “Manitoba Justice Catch & Release Program – Mad Cow Gangster Gets Bail”