Homicide Unit Solves Belayneh Homicide

Belayneh Murder Scene – Photo JGJ

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the WPS Public Information Office issued a press release announcing an arrest in the Theodoros Belayneh homicide that occurred on November 26, 2016.

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, Police arrested Paige Crossman (23) who was charged with the following offences due to her alleged involvement;

  • First Degree Murder
  • Attempt Murder
  • Possess Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
  • Possess Proceeds of Crime

Crossman was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.

The Back Story

Police Officers Guard Belyaneh Crime Scene – Photo JGJ

On November 26, 2016 at approximately 3:00 a.m., police responded to a shots fired call in the area of Donald Street and Stradbrook Ave.

Upon arrival, officers located two male victims suffering from apparent gun shot wounds.

Both victims were rushed to hospital where they were initially listed in critical condition.

Police subsequently reported one of the men succumbed to his injuries.

The victim was identified as Theodoros “Teddy” Belayneh (32) of Edmonton, Alberta.

The second victim was upgraded to stable condition and is expected to survive. The man was not identified.

(A CBC report subsequently identified the 2nd victim as Biniam Fitur.)

Belayneh was the 21st reported victim of homicide in Winnipeg this year.

Insider Commentary;

“Teddy” Belayneh was “known” to the Winnipeg Police Service.

In May 2014, he was arrested and charged with over 45 weapon related offences after a t-stop in Winnipeg.

According to WPS spokesperson Constable Rob Carver, the charges were still pending.

WPS News Release



In 2016, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 24 homicides and solved all but 3 cases.*  Solvency rate =  87.5%.

*One case involved the death of two victims, if the case were to be solved the solvency rate would jump to 95.83%.

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