Suspects sought in case of Winnipeg teen thrown in dumpster

Police are asking for help in identifying two men they say are responsible for attacking and throwing a Winnipeg teen with intellectual disabilities in a dumpster.

See Full Article

Jean-Michael Morrissette, 13, doesn't like to talk about what happened to him after school on Jan. 7.

But his parents say their son was on his way home, in the city's North End, when he was approached by two men who assaulted him and threw him in a dumpster in an alley near Flora Avenue and Parr Street.

"This happened at 3 p.m. in the afternoon, (in) broad daylight," Sgt. Rob Kanaski, of the Winnipeg Police Service, said at a press conference on Friday.

"He was yelling and screaming when they were dragging him. Anyone in the vicinity would have known that he was in distress."

Morrissette spent hours in the trash bin on a day when temperatures hovered around -15 C.

The 13-year-old was eventually found by Nicole Langlois, who initially heard faint cries when she was walking past the dumpster that evening, but didn't know where they were coming from.

She returned a few hours later and found Morrissette sleeping in the dumpster, covered with garbage.

"He wasn't seriously injured, but the emotional injury that he sustained is quite substantial," said Kanaski.

Police have canvassed the area and looked at surveillance video, but they haven't been able to track down the two male suspects.

Morrissette's father, John, is hoping that someone will come forward with information that can help advance investigation.

"I want to plea to the public: Think about it as being your kid," he said. "This is our kids that play in this area – that live in the area – let's make it safe again."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 204-986-2848 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

With a report from CTV Winnipeg's Michelle Gerwing



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Saskatoon woman wants 'sizeism' added to human rights protections

    Canada News CTV News
    A Saskatoon woman is campaigning to have size and physical appearance added to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Legislation as protected grounds against discrimination. “I don’t want other people to feel held back,” Hayley Roesler told CTV Saskatoon. Source
  • North Korea says Malaysian investigation into Kim Jong Nam's death lacks fairness

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of -- North Korea says a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions" amid speculation that its agents masterminded the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother. Source
  • North Korea denies it was behind killing at Malaysia airport

    World News CTV News
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- North Korea denied Thursday that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half brother of leader Kim Jong Un, saying a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions. Source
  • Mayor of Ryley, Alta., defends decision to charge senior for house painting

    Canada News CTV News
    The mayor of an Alberta village where an 86-year-old man says he was forced to sell his home after getting a $3,285 bill from the city for painting its “unsightly” exterior is sticking by the decision. Source
  • British man 'will never see a penny' of ex's $24M lottery winnings

    World News Toronto Sun
    There’s bad luck. Then there’s Sean Priestley-level bad luck. Just months after splitting with long-time partner Beverley Doran — he was with her 12 years and fathered her three children — he was stunned to discover she’d won nearly $24 million in the Euromillions lottery. Source
  • ‘If we all stand up it can stop’: Pink Shirt Day marked around the world

    Canada News CTV News
    As messages of hate seem to be ever present, Pink Shirt Day reminds Canadians of the importance of standing up for one another and fighting stereotypes. Pink Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007 after a male Grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Source
  • 'If we all stand up it can stop': Pink Shirt Day hopes to end bullying

    Canada News CTV News
    As messages of hate seem to be ever present, Pink Shirt Day reminds Canadians of the importance of standing up for one another and fighting stereotypes. Pink Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007 after a male Grade 9 student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Source
  • UN: $4.4B needed within weeks to stop hunger 'catastrophe'

    World News CTV News
    The United Nations needs $4.4 billion by the end of March to prevent catastrophic hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen, yet just $90 million has been collected so far, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. Source
  • Two Kansas men jailed for hate-crime attack on Somalis

    World News Toronto Sun
    WICHITA, Kan. — Two southwest Kansas men were punished Wednesday for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country. U.S. Source
  • Quebecer charged in PC Plus breach, collectors urged to fortify password

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Ottawa police have confirmed that a Laval, Que., man is alleged to be behind a scam that involves stealing shoppers’ PC Plus points from their accounts. Police say 21-year-old Ferradji Manigat was arrested on Jan. Source