Man accused of killing child allegedly robbed Liquor Mart hours before arrest
The man accused of killing three-year-old Hunter Straight-Smith was caught after a liquor theft was reported in Garden City, say police and a store owner who called 911 after the theft. "I saw him coming out of the Liquor Mart with four bottles of vodka in his pockets," said Rick Boily, who didn't suspect the man walking towards him was wanted for more than stealing liquor."I just stood there looking at him and then he threatened to stab me in the heart.
RCMP say Derek Whisenand, wanted in connection with a homicide in Texas, was last seen in Winnipeg's St. Vital neighbourhood.
As well, police have released a surveillance video that shows him a few hours earlier in Winkler, as he made his way through Manitoba.
RCMP have been looking for Whisenand, 28, since he snuck into Canada near Haskett, Man. — just north of Walhalla, N.D. — sometime during the week of June 24. His vehicle was found in the state about three kilometres from the Canadian border.
He is a suspect in a homicide in Eastland County, Texas, about 170 kilometres southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Police say he is considered dangerous and may be armed.
Delivery driver carjacked at knifepoint, Winnipeg officer dragged, say police
Delivery driver carjacked at knifepoint, Winnipeg officer dragged, say policePolice said the incident took place around 11:20 p.m. on Sherbrook Street, when the driver – who was in the process of making a delivery – was approached by a woman and had his vehicle stolen at knifepoint.
On Thursday, police said they have been able to track some of his movements, which led to Winnipeg.
Around 8 a.m. on June 26, Whisenand was recorded on the surveillance video at the Winkler. Later that morning, he made his way 40 kilometres north to the town of Carman.
From there, Whisenand got a ride into Winnipeg, where he was dropped off around 3:30 p.m. at Junior's restaurant on St. Mary's Road and Fermor Avenue. That is the last confirmed sighting.
Police have spoken to the person who provided the ride into Winnipeg but are still looking to talk to whoever helped Whisenand get to Carman.
Charges upgraded to 2nd-degree murder against man accused of killing 3-year-old Winnipeg boy
The man arrested in the stabbing death of three-year-old Hunter Straight-Smith is now facing more serious charges of second-degree murder.Dan Jensen, 33, was arrested last week and initially charged with attempted murder. The charge has now been upgraded following Hunter's death, police said.
"We realize it has been several months since the last confirmed sighting of Derek Whisenand. Since then, we have received numerous tips and have followed up on all of them," said RCMP Cpl. Julie Courchaine.
"We're looking for any information to help our officers safely find and arrest him."
Whisenand is described six feet tall and 250 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
He was last seen with a black goatee and has a tattoo on his left wrist of a pentagram. He was travelling with a brindle-coloured, medium-sized dog of mixed breeds, possibly German Shepherd and pitbull or boxer.
Anyone who has any information, or believes they have seen Whisenand, is urged to call the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team at 204-324-9121 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.
Anonymous tips can also be sent in online through the Crime Stoppers website.
‘I smelt the gun powder’: Winnipeg man and his kids narrowly escape West End convenience store before police shooting .
A Winnipeg man says his children are traumatized after he and the kids got stuck in the West End convenience store with a machete-wielding suspect moments before he was shot by police Thursday night. Edward Fitzgerald was in the 7-11 at Ellice Avenue and Arlington Street with his nine-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son around 5:45 p.m. when he says a group of teens charged in.“I thought it was going to be a little candy-grab … but one guy pushed my son out of the way and he pulled out his weapon,” Fitzgerald told Global News Friday.“I looked and I was like, oh my God the place is being robbed -- he had a pretty big knife.