On January 5, 2016, the Winnipeg Police Service released a photograph of a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in December of 2015.
On December 22nd, 2015, at approximately 9:00 pm, EMS personnel were dispatched to the 1100 block of Beauty Ave regarding the report of a medic call.
On arrival, two men were located suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. Both were transported to hospital, one stable and the other listed in critical condition.
The incident was investigated by members of the Major Crimes Unit.
Police now advise one of the victims, identified as Hector Lee Sinclair (45) of Winnipeg, has since succumbed to his injuries.
Police indicate an arrest warrant for 2nd degree murder has been issued for Colin Leonard Traverse (32) of Winnipeg.
Traverse is not to be approached.
Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
Sinclair is the 23rd reported homicide victim in Winnipeg in 2015.
All but two (2) cases in 2015 have been solved which equates to a respectable 91% solvency rate.
Winnipeg recorded 25 homicides in both 2014 and 2013.
In 2015, a total of 7 victims died as a result of suffering stab wounds or edged weapon attacks.
In 2014, a total of 15 victims died as a result of suffering stab wounds or edged weapon attacks.
Why is the Major Crimes Unit investigating a homicide case?
In cases where death is not imminent, a decision must be made, usually in consultation with a Homicide Unit Supervisor, if the Homicide Unit will investigate.
The decision to investigate is generally based on the strength of evidence that suggests a victim is likely to succumb to their injuries. This information is generally provided by medical professionals and front line police officers.
In some circumstances, the Homicide Unit may be unavailable or tied up on other cases. In these instances, the Major Crime Unit will be assigned to investigate murder cases.
Major Crime Unit investigators are usually seasoned, experienced and capable investigators.
Detectives with Major Crime experience often top candidate lists for potential assignment to the Homicide Unit during the annual spring transfer process.
Colin Leonard Traverse is no stranger to Law Enforcement.
Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the 23rd homicide of the year…
2014 – Dec 15
2013 – Nov 15
2012 – Sept 29
2011 – July 19 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Twenty-two homicides recorded
2009 – Oct 11
2008 – Oct 30
2007 – Oct 23
2006 – Charge laid at end of December incident occurred Oct 4
2005 – Oct 14
2004 – Sept 30 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)