Public Assistance Requested – Wanted Male: Leslie Reid Contois

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Winnipeg Police Service previously requested the public’s assistance in locating Leslie Reid Contois, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg.

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He is described as Indigenous in appearance, 5’11” in height, approximately 170 lbs with a medium build, black hair and brown eyes.

On July 15, 2017, Contois is alleged to have committed a serious sexual assault upon an adult female victim in the City of Winnipeg.

A warrant for the arrest of Contois had been issued for the following offences in relation to the sexual assault investigation:

  • Sexual Assault with a Weapon
  • Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  • Overcome Resistance by Attempting to Choke, Suffocate or Strangle Another Person
  • Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x4)
  • Breach of Recognizance (x2)

The Winnipeg Police Service is again requesting the public’s assistance in locating Contois.

An investigation by members of the Major Crimes Unit has determined that Contois is likely responsible for a serious arson that occurred on July 28, 2017, at an apartment building in the 400 block of Sherbrook Street.

 Leslie Reid Contois, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg.
Leslie Reid Contois, a 42-year-old male of Winnipeg.

As a result of the fire, six individuals were transported to hospital and later released. Damages to the building are estimated at approximately $1,000,000.

A warrant for the arrest of Contois has been issued for the following offences in relation to the arson investigation:

  • Attempt Murder (x2)
  • Arson with Disregard for Human Life
  • Poss of Incendiary Material
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Unlawfully Cause Bodily Harm (x6)
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm
  • Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x10)
  • Breach of Recognizance (x4)

The public is advised not to approach Contois under any circumstances. If Contois is observed, or his whereabouts are known, please contact 911.

The arson 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).

Winnipeg Police Service


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