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Homeless man charged in serial killings of three Winnipeg men

April 28, 2015
John Paul Ostamas has been charged in the deaths of three Homeless or vulnerable Winnipeg men in April.

John Paul Ostamas has been charged with killing three Winnipeg men in April. — Facebook

Police in Winnipeg have arrested and charged a homeless man in connection with the murders of two men on Saturday, April 25, in the downtown Winnipeg neighbourhood of portage-Ellice. The brutal murders led police to issuing warnings on Saturday that a serial killer may have been targeting the city’s homeless and near-homeless people.

The Winnipeg Police service issued a media release Monday evening (April 27) stating that 39-year-old John Paul Ostamas, of no fixed address, had been charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the Saturday slayings of 65-year-old Donald Collins, a homeless man, and 48-year-old Stony Bushie, described as not homeless but “vulnerable”.

Winnipeg police have also charged Ostamas with one count of second degree murder in the April 10 death of 37-year-old Myles Monias at a bus shelter on Main Street near Pioneer Avenue.

John Paul Ostamos from his Facebook page compared with person of interest.

John Paul Ostamas (Facebook) compared with the person of interest (WPS).

Winnipeg police say Ostamas, formerly from Eabametoong First Nation in Ontario, according to a CBC report, was the person of interest they were seeking to interview, based on surveillance photos released on Sunday, April 26th. He was arrested, say police, as a result of the interview, combined with both video surveillance and forensic evidence.

In the April 27 Winnipeg Police Service media release announcing the arrest, it is alleged that on the evening of Saturday April 25th, John Paul Ostamas attacked and murdered Donald Collins in the alley near Hargrave and Portage and left the man for dead.

And then, that several hours later, Ostamas attacked and murdered Stony Bushie in a parkade near Hargrave and Portage.

In the media release police further allege that Ostamas was responsible for the April 10 killing of Myles Monias — that Ostamas attacked and murdered Monias in a bus shelter off Main Street following a chance encounter. Click the images to enlarge them.

Map of the three killings linked to Ostamas (go to Google map).

Map of the three killings linked to John Paul Ostamas (go to Google map).

 

From → Canada, Homeless life

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