Winnipeg Police Service
On Aug. 11, 2014, shortly before 12:30 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service members responded to a department store in the 1000 block of Empress Street for the report that a male was armed with a knife in the parking lot.
Police units were immediately dispatched and prior to their arrival learned that the suspect male had fled from loss prevention officers to a nearby retail parking lot within the 1300 block of Empress Street. When the five male staff members caught up with the suspect, he began making stabbing motions in their direction with the knife, just before jumping into a passing truck that was being driven by a 56-year-old female.
Officers arrived and met with female victim and the loss prevention officers where it was learned that in the process of the suspect stealing the truck, he assaulted the driver about her upper body, before she managed to exit her vehicle. She received minor injuries.
The suspect male immediately drove the truck in the direction of the group causing them to back away from a duffle bag that he dropped. The suspect exited the truck, grabbed the bag and fled in the stolen vehicle.
At approximately 6 p.m. officers recovered the stolen truck in the rear of the 600 block of Sargent Avenue.
As a result of the continued investigation a suspect was identified.
Investigators have exhausted all efforts to locate the suspect male and believe he is evading arrest. A warrant for arrest has been obtained and police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating following male:
Jason Dean BERCIER, 35 years
This investigation is continuing by the West District Crime Unit. Anyone with information regarding this incident or BERCIER’s whereabouts is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).