Winnipeg Police Make Arrests in Violent Canada Day Weekend Assault

Winnipeg, Manitoba – On July 2, 2017, at approximately 12:10 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a report of a large fight that broke out at the intersection of Smith St. and St. Mary Ave.

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Upon arriving officers located three people who were suffering from stab wounds. A 27-year-old male and a 26-year-old male were both treated for stab wounds and released. A 22-year-old male victim was transported in critical condition. The victim has since been treated and released from hospital. Two other adult male victims were treated and released for stab wounds.

An investigation by the Winnipeg Police Major Crimes Unit has resulted in a number of arrests. Sergeant MacKinnon of the Major Crimes unit has authorized the release of the following details:

Evan Ryan BETTLES, 26, has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault
  • Unsafe storage of firearm
  • Possess weapon
  • Unauthorized Possess of a Firearm with Ammunition

Bettles was detained in custody

Anthony Evaristo GONZALES, 27, has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault

Jonathon Paul ORTIZ, 23, has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault

A 23-year-old female has been charged with:

  • Assault
  • Aggravated Assault

A 26-year-old male has been charged with:

  • Assault with a Weapon

A 28-year-old male has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Public Mischief

A 27-year-old male has been charged with:

  • Aggravated Assault

In addition to the above seven accused, investigators have identified two additional suspects who remain outstanding.

Detectives are also hoping to locate the occupants of a late model Nissan Rouge, dark grey or silver in colour that was directly in the vicinity during this assault.

This investigation is continuing by members of the Major Crimes Unit. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Serious Assault – Arrests: C17-144725

Winnipeg Police Service


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