The Winnipeg Police Service’s Homicide Unit is being stretched after catching another murder case in what has been a very busy month in River City.
On August 13, 2017, at 10:00 p.m., police were alerted to sounds of a possible assault in the 100 block of Killarney Ave in the City’s south end.
Upon arrival, officers located an unresponsive 29-year-old man who was not breathing.
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service workers attended and advised the man was deceased.
The man’s identity has not been reported.
Police have not confirmed the cause of death.
The investigation is continuing by members of the Homicide Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
The victim in this case is the 19th reported homicide victim of the year in the City of Winnipeg.
At this time last year, the WPS Homicide Unit investigated a total of 18 homicides. The year ended with 26 reported homicides with all but one case being solved.
That translates to a respectable 96% solvency rate.
August is shaping up to be a deadly month this year.
The Homicide Unit has already caught three cases in August and we are yet to traverse the midway point of the month.
More troubling is the fact 4 of the last 5 killings remain unsolved.
(That after solving the first 14 consecutive homicide cases.)
The current solvency rate for 2017 stands at approximately 79%.
WPS Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek attributes much of the violence this year to street gangs or members of organized crime;
“We’re not seeing the homicides of random people out there,” Skrabek said.
“We’re not seeing spur of the moment attacks on people.”
(Media reports erroneously reported the City is well ahead of the homicide rate experienced last year when that is simply not the case.)
On Tuesday, August 14, 2017 the WPS issued a press release indicating they made an arrest in this case.
Police report the victim was identified as Mustafa Peyawary (29) of Winnipeg.
Police advise they’ve charged two suspects regarding their alleged involvement in this incident;
- Damir Kulic (27) of Vancouver, British Columbia
- Ahamed Althaaf Ismail (29) of Edmonton, Alberta
Both men stand charged with 1st degree murder and were detained in custody.
Police say the victim had signs of massive blunt force trauma to his body and believe he was assaulted over an extended period of time.
(This type of killing is suggestive of Organized Crime, Street Gang or Drug involvement.)
January 15, 2018
The WPS issue a media release indicating a 3rd suspect has been charged in this case.
Police report the following;
On January 10, 2018, a Canada wide warrant for conspiracy to commit murder was issued for the arrest of the suspect who was identified as Aram Soroush (25) of Vancouver, British Columbia.
That same day, Soroush was arrested by members of the Vancouver Police Department’s Homicide Unit.
On January 12, 2018, members of the WPS Homicide Unit attended the City of Vancouver and took custody of Soroush who was returned to Winnipeg and detained in custody.
January 16, 2018
The WPS issues a press release indicating a Canada wide warrant for 1st degree murder has been issued for a 4th suspect in this investigation.
January 19, 2018
Matthew Marjanovic is arrested following a traffic stop on the St. Vital Bridge by members of the WPS Tactical Support Team.
He was turned over to Homicide Unit investigators and subsequently detained in custody.
February 1, 2018
Members of the WPS Homicide Unit continue with the investigation and announce they have charged Aram Souroush (25) with 1st degree murder in connection with this investigation.
He remains in custody.
The WPS Homicide Unit has now solved 16 of 19 cases in 2017 – solvency rate = 84%.
The WPS is including the murder of Christine Wood in the 2017 homicide stats when she was believed to have been killed in August of 2016.
An arrest was made in Wood’s case in April of 2017.
As such, media outlets are reporting this incident as homicide #20 for 2017 when in reality, there have only been 19 reported homicides so far in this calendar year.
2017 Homicide Stats
Manner of Death
- Shooting – 6
- Stabbing – 8
- Blunt Force Trauma – 3
- Not Released – 2
- Male – 15
- Female – 4