The Winnipeg Fire Department attended and successfully extinguished the fire. Damages to the building and the contents are estimated at $100,000. No one was injured during this incident.
The Arson Strike Force Unit initiated an investigation which had resulted in a suspect male being responsible for the starting the fire. All attempts to locate the suspect male were unsuccessful.
On December 7th, 2010 at approximately 1:30 a.m., the suspect male was located and arrested within the 700 block of Stella Street on the strength of an unrelated Warrant and the Arson investigators were notified.
During the arson investigation, it came to light this same male suspect was allegedly responsible for a robbery against a cab driver that occurred on November 16th, 2010 at approximately 11:30 p.m.
During this incident, a 61 year old cab driver was operating a taxi when a male suspect entered the cab in the 800 block of Main Street. Once inside the cab, the suspect male pulled out a gun, pointed it at the driver and demanded money and cigarettes. The victim handed the suspect male an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled from the cab.
Ivan ROULETTE, 18 years of Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:
– Arson- Damage to Property
– Breach of Probation
– Robbery with Firearm
– Possession of Firearm, etc, while Prohibited
ROULETTE has been detained in custody.