Members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit have made an arrest in the latest murder recorded in the City.
On July 18, 2014, at 4:15 am, Emergency Services Personnel were dispatched to the 200 block of Salter Street regarding the report of a stabbing.
On arrival, an adult female was located suffering from apparent stab wounds. The woman was transported to hospital in critical condition where she later succumbed to her injuries.
Police identified the victim as Lorie Maureen Bearbull (37) of Winnipeg.
Police indicate the investigation revealed the victim was walking in the 400 block of Redwood Ave when she encountered an unknown twenty (20) year old female. The women subsequently became involved in an argument that escalated to the point that the suspect stabbed the victim in the upper body multiple times.
The suspect then fled making good her escape.
On July 24, 2014, Police arrested and charged Naomi Ross (20) with 2nd Degree Murder due to her alleged involvement.
Bearbull is the thirteenth reported homicide victim of the year.
A Statistics Canada Crime Report released last week ranks the City of Winnipeg as number one on the Violent Crime Severity Index.
In 2013, the City of Regina was named the metropolitan murder capital of Canada. The City of Winnipeg was ranked in second place. The Province of Manitoba was ranked number one as the Provincial murder capital of Canada and has held the title for seven (7) consecutive years.
Winnipeg also finished first in the Robbery and Youth Crime (Youths Charged with Homicide) categories.
Edged weapon assaults and stabbings have become a serious problem in City of Winnipeg.
Nine (9) of the thirteen (13) homicides that have occurred this year were caused by edged weapon assaults or stabbings.
Four (4) of the five (5) homicides recorded in the month of April this year were caused by edged weapon assaults or stabbings.
Stabbings in the month of July started off at a torrid pace with a Canada Day killing and multiple stabbings occurring since that date. A number of the violent attacks were chronicled in The Police Insider Story – “Police Collar Canada Day Killer – Stabbings Rage in Murder City.”
Edged weapon attacks are often fuelled by the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs or combination of both.
Homicides involving female combatants (victim & suspect) are relatively rare occurrences in the City of Winnipeg.
The last murder involving female combatants that I can recall occurred on December 2, 2012 when Samantha Anderson (24) was stabbed by her estranged lover Shayla Woodford (21). Anderson died on December 21st, 2012. Woodford was originally charged with aggravated assault and breach of Probation but those charges were subsequently upgraded to 2nd Degree Murder.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but two (2) reported homicides this year.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 13th Homicide of the year;
2013 – July 24
2012 – April 24
2011 – May 14 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Aug 5
2009 – June 30
2008 – April 20
2007 – July 12
2006 – Sept 6
2005 – July 1
2004 – June 12 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)