The WPS Homicide Unit made a quick arrest in the killing of a man found mortally wounded in the area of Cumberland Ave and Spence Street on August 23, 2014.
Police previously reported the man was found by a passer-by who found the unconscious man lying on the street.
The man was rushed to Hospital but was later pronounced deceased.
Members of the WPS Homicide Unit and the Forensic Identification Unit continued the investigation with assistance from Uniform Patrol.
The victim has been identified as Helder Serpa (57) of Winnipeg.
Police indicate Serpa was walking to his residence when he was confronted by an unknown male. An altercation took place that ended with Serpa being stabbed multiple times in the upper body.
Police located a male suspect in the area and took him into custody.
The suspect has been identified as Matthew James Sellner (35) of Winnipeg. Sellner has been charged with Second Degree Murder due to his alleged involvement.
He was detained in custody.
Serpa is the sixteenth (16th) reported homicide victim in Winnipeg this year.
Ten (10) of the sixteen (16) murder victims were stabbed to death.
The WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but three (3) cases thus far achieving a solvency rate of 83%.
Previous dates when Winnipeg Recorded the 16th Homicide of the year;
2013 – Sept 4
2012 – June 17
2011 – May 21 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – Aug 27
2009 – July 22
2008 – May 25
2007 – July 28
2006 – Oct 17
2005 – Aug 19
2004 – July 31 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)