16 Counts of Arson for 19-Year-Old Winnipeg Man

16 Counts of Arson for 19-Year-Old

WINNIPEG - A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with sixteen counts of arson related to fires in the Downtown/West End and North End areas of Winnipeg.

Police believe that a number of fires, 16, were deliberately set between May 1st and May 9th:

  • 100 block of Balmoral Street (fire set to a garage, which spread to a second garage and garbage bins)
  • 100 block of Spence Street (fire set to a garage and a recycling bin)
  • 600 block of Wellington Avenue (fire set to a garage and a recycling bin, which spread to a second garage and two houses)
  • 900 block of Redwood Avenue (fire set to a garage)
  • 1000 block of Machray Avenue (fire set in a yard next to a garage)
  • 400 block of Cairnsmore Street (fire set a garage and a utility pole).
  • 1300 block of Magnus Avenue (fire set to a garage)
  • First 100 block of Albina Way (fire set to a fence)
  • First 100 block of Timmins Avenue (fire set to a garage and a fence)
  • 100 block of Cartwright Road (fire set to a garage)
  • 1400 block of Leila Avenue (fire set to a garage and a fence)
  • First 100 block of Albina Way (fire set to a fence)
  • First 100 block of Maevista Place (fire set to a garage, vehicle, fence and garbage can)
  • 600 block of Sheppard Street (fire set to a shed, fence and a garbage can)
  • First 100 block of Lavender Bay (fire set to two garages, two vehicles and a fence)
  • First 100 block of Manford Close (fire set to a house and a fence)

Wednesday morning police who were responding to fires near Manford Close, spotted a man on a bicycle near James Carleton Drive and Leila Avenue matching a description provided by a number of witnesses. Police said during the arrest they found incendiary materials on the suspect.

River Jacob Parrenas Tavares, a 19-year-old man from Winnipeg has been charged with 16 counts of Arson Causing Damage to Property and Possession of Incendiary Materails.

He was detained in custody.

TOPICS:   Winnipeg Police

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