Pair threaten employees in store robbery on Young Street

Pair threaten employees in store robbery on Young Street
Suspect in downtown homicide Tuesday was on supervised parole
MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILESWinnipeg police Const. Tammy Skrabek said police are still trying to determine a motive behind Tuesdays homicide.

A 54-year-old man is Winnipegs 17th homicide victim after he and a 30-year-old man were each stabbed repeatedly in the upper body by the same attacker during an argument Tuesday night inside a building in the 100 block of Garry Street.

Police found both men critically injured just after 6 p.m. They were rushed to hospital, where the older man died. The other victim was treated and has been upgraded to stable condition.

Winnipeg Police Service Const. Tammy Skrabek said homicide investigators identified the attacker, a 39-year-old man on a statutory release — mandatory parole after serving two-thirds of a federal prison sentence — and issued a Canada-wide warrant for parole revocation. The suspect was arrested Wednesday evening outside of his residence.

"It is believed that the male arrested was previously known to the 54-year-old but not to the 30-year-old," Skrabek said, adding the two victims were visiting with each other when the suspect showed up.

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A 54-year-old man is Winnipegs 17th homicide victim after he and a 30-year-old man were each stabbed repeatedly in the upper body by the same attacker during an argument Tuesday night inside a building in the 100 block of Garry Street.

Police found both men critically injured just after 6 p.m. They were rushed to hospital, where the older man died. The other victim was treated and has been upgraded to stable condition.

Winnipeg Police Service Const. Tammy Skrabek said homicide investigators identified the attacker, a 39-year-old man on a statutory release — mandatory parole after serving two-thirds of a federal prison sentence — and issued a Canada-wide warrant for parole revocation. The suspect was arrested Wednesday evening outside of his residence.

“It is believed that the male arrested was previously known to the 54-year-old but not to the 30-year-old,” Skrabek said, adding the two victims were visiting with each other when the suspect showed up.

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She said investigators found out there had been an argument between the three men in the hallway of the building, occupied by short-term residents. The younger victim was stabbed several times after the situation escalated into a physical fight.

The suspect fled but returned a short time later to confront the 54-year-old man, who was stabbed numerous times by the suspect, who fled in a vehicle.

Skrabek said investigators are still trying to piece together the events to explain why the suspect would attack one man and leave, only to return to attack the other.

“The only indication now is along the lines of unfinished business,” she said. “Somebody just witnessed this (first attack) and perhaps, just retaliate against that.”

Kristopher Derek Watt of Winnipeg is in custody facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder.

A tense situation at a Young Street business Wednesday morning was ended by police, who arrested two Winnipeg men on armed robbery and other charges.

Police say two men – one armed with a handgun –  entered the business in the 500 block of Young Street wearing disguises and demanding money.

The suspects locked the doors behind them and threatened an employee who tried to escape. While a second employee struggled with one of the suspects, a customer was able to escape.

After taking the suspects into custody, police searched the building and found the disguises, along with an airsoft gun.

Daniel Joshua Stewart, 29, and Christopher Roy Whiteside, 33, each face two counts of armed robbery, two counts of pointing a firearm, two counts of forcible confinement, two counts of uttering threats, disguise with intent, and weapons possession.

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