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Story Emerges in Assault, Hit & Run Case

Winnipeg Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver – Photo JGJ

On Friday, October 18, 2019, Winnipeg Police Public Information Officer Constable Rob Carver held a press conference providing much needed clarity regarding a homicide case complicated by a hit & run motor vehicle accident.

At the time of the original release, questions regarding causation were at the forefront.

Did the victim die as a result of an assault or was the death directly attributable to the hit & run motor vehicle accident?

The fog has now been lifted.

The Back Story
Winnipeg Homicide Scene – Photo JGJ

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at approximately midnight, emergency services were dispatched to a report of a man lying on the roadway on Main Street between Higgins Avenue and Sutherland Avenue.

Police reported Winnipeg Transit drivers protected the scene by limiting traffic to one lane until officers arrived at the scene.

An unresponsive man was located suffering serious injuries.

The investigation revealed the victim had been assaulted and a short time later was struck by a northbound vehicle not related to the initial incident.

North District Patrol Officers initiated CPR until Paramedics arrived on scene. The man was rushed to hospital in critical condition and later died from his injuries.

The victim was identified as Neilson Catcheway (40) of Winnipeg.

The WPS Homicide Unit subsequently took over the investigation.

Police advised investigation revealed the victim had been assaulted and a short time later was struck by a northbound vehicle not related to the initial assault.

Investigators asked the driver of the vehicle to come forward.

The request, at least thus far, has gone unheeded.

The Disturbing Twist

On Friday, police advised the public arrests have been made in the case.

Police announced two teen boys, one 14 and one 13, now stand charged with manslaughter in connection with the killing.

“We know that there was an attempted robbery as the precursor event, we know that the individual suffered injuries as a result of the attempted robbery and subsequently he died and we’ve laid manslaughter charges against these two youths.”

The boys were detained in custody.

In an interview with a media outlet, Carver provided information regarding the motive behind the killing;

“We know that there was an attempted robbery as the precursor event, we know that the individual suffered injuries as a result of the attempted robbery and subsequently he died and we’ve laid manslaughter charges against these two youths.”

Information indicates the “attempted robbery” occurred atop the CPR train overpass high above Main Street between Higgins Avenue and Sutherland Avenue.

It’s believed the victim either fell or was pushed off the bridge to the street below where he was struck by a motor vehicle.

(The case is complicated by the fact the driver of the involved vehicle fled from the scene.)

The cause of death has not been released but should be learned once the post mortem and follow up investigations are complete.

Police confirmed both youths were “known to police” – police vernacular clarifying the boys have a history, likely negative, with law enforcement.

Neilson Catcheway is the 31st reported homicide victim of the year in Winnipeg.


2019 Youth Involved Homicide
  • March 8, 2019 – 15 year old male charged with accessory after the fact and drug trafficking charges in connection with the death of Warren Stewart Nabess (52).

    Winnipeg Police Officers – Photo JGJ
  • March 26, 2019 – 17 year old male charged with 1st degree murder in connection with the death of Lise Danais (51).
  • April 18, 2019 – 16 year old male charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Joselito Fernandez (53).
  • May 26, 2019 – two 15 year old male youths charged with 2nd degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Dorian Glenn Sanderson (17).
  • October 16, 2019 – 14 year old & 13 year old male youths charged with manslaughter in connection with the assault, hit and run death of Neilson Catcheway (40)

2018 Youth Involved Homicide
  • In 2018, the WPS charged a total of three (3) young offenders with homicide-related offences.
  • The youngest offender was 13 years of age while the other two offenders were 15 years of age.
  • All three offenders were male.

One Comment

  1. I find it amazing that Constable Rob Carver is shocked at the ages of the accused. Seriously has Rob been living under a rock? The fact these individuals were known to Police just about says it all. What does one have to do in the city of Winnipeg to be known by the Police anyways. So having said that, I bet over Rob Carver has a great career that awaits for him at the local comedy club. Shocked Rob Carver, give us a break.

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