Winnipeg's Downtown Crowds Celebrate First Round Series Win
The Winnipeg Police Service estimates approximately 36,000 fans flocked to the downtown area to cheer the Winnipeg Jets on to their series-clinching win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday evening.
There were no serious incidents encountered. 12 people were arrested for public intoxication.
At the conclusion of the game, fans moved to the iconic intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street to celebrate the victory. The intersection remained closed to traffic for approximately 45 minutes for the safety of the fans. There were no arrests and no reports of property damage.
We wish to thank the greatest fans in the league for their patience and cooperation as the Jets continue their playoff run.
Robberies Arrests: C18-76946
Members of the Major Crimes Unit recently entered into an investigation of a number of commercial robberies in the Winnipeg area that had occurred over the past month.
Between March 28th and April 19th, 2018, the following businesses were targeted:
- A smoke shop in the 600 block of Ellice Avenue.
- A beer vendor in the first 100 block of Marion Street.
- A convenience store in the 1000 block of McGregor Street.
- A gas bar in the 1400 block of Henderson Highway.
- A gas bar in the 1600 block of Ness Avenue.
- A gas bar in the 700 block of St. James Street
In addition, an adult female was carjacked and robbed of her vehicle in the 1600 block of Regent Avenue West on April 16th.
Investigators worked to identify two suspects and during the evening of April 19th, they attended a hotel in the 700 block of Main Street. As officers arrived, they observed the stolen vehicle parked in front of the establishment.
A male suspect, who had been standing outside the vehicle, fled inside the business while a female suspect, who had been inside the vehicle, was taken into custody.
Officers gave chase of the male suspect and he was apprehended inside the hotel. A small amount of powdered Xanax (valued at approximately $50) was seized from him.
Darrell Jack Watson Nicholson, a 24-year-old male of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Robbery (x7)
- Disguise with Intent (x7)
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000
- Possession of Scheduled Substance
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order (x14)
Carlene Crystal Pruden, a 22-year-old female of Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Robbery (x2)
- Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x6)
Pruden's charges relate to the last two robberies (on Ness Avenue & St. James Street).
They were detained in custody.
For further information contact either: Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs