Powerview RCMP make arrests after violent crime spree

Photo: firearm used in crime spree seized by Powerview RCMP

One suspect still at large

On April 28, 2021, Powerview RCMP responded to a report of a possible gunshot at a residence in Powerview.

Officers attended and confirmed that a window had been shot. No one was injured.

The subsequent investigation determined that a group of individuals with suspected gang affiliations, were in the community and were responsible for a number of violent incidents over the span of several hours.  This group had attended multiple residences in the area and committed robberies, break-ins and numerous other offences.

With the assistance of RCMP Major Crime Services, National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, East District Crime Reduction Enforcement Support Team, Forensic Identification Services, Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba First Nations Police Service, two individuals were identified and arrested.

Thomas Peebles, 29, of Winnipeg has been charged with;

  • Kidnapping with a Firearm
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Uttering Threats
  • Robbery with a Firearm x2
  • Breaking and Entering x2
  • Pointing a Firearm x2
  • Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearms
  • Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Weapons Possession Contrary to an Order
  • Discharge Firearm with Intent
  • Mischief
  • Fail to Comply x3

Claudia Sumner, 19, of Winnipeg has been charged with;

  • Kidnapping with a Firearm
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Break and Entering x2
  • Robbery x2
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle

A third individual, Josef Spence, is currently wanted in connection with this investigation and the RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. He is Indigenous, approximately 6’2”, 160 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

Josef Spence, 22, of Winnipeg, has a warrant out for his arrest for the following charges;

  • Kidnapping with a Firearm
  • Robbery with a Firearm x2
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Breaking and Entering x2
  • Using a Firearm in the Commission of an Offence
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle
  • Weapons Possession Contrary to Order x2
  • Assault

The investigation is ongoing and on May 4, 2021, a search warrant was executed on a vehicle and a shotgun was seized.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Josef Spence or this investigation, please call Powerview RCMP at 204-367-2222, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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