Exchange District stabbing suspect in custody
Courtney Bannatyne, BEAT REPORTER
The suspect for the series of stabbings in the Exchange District in the past month has been arrested.
Jesse Neil Nedohin, 21, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, five counts of possession of a weapon, two counts of robbery, uttering threats, and 14 additional charges from breaching probation and failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance, according to Winnipeg police.
A spokesperson for the police said Nedohin has had previous relations with police and has been remanded into custody.
Though Nedohin is being detained, he had been in contact with police before, admitting to having stabbed someone, according to court records revealed by the Winnipeg Free Press. He was charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, detained, and released on bail the following day, the Free Press reports.
Rob Carver is the public relations officer constable for the Winnipeg Police Service. He said that police are often frustrated when people are released back to the public, but these matters have more to do with the courts than with police officers.
“We can argue sometimes that he should be held longer, but we weren’t able to in this case,” Carver said. “So he goes out, and strangely enough, he tells us he is (stabbing people), and then he continues to do it.”
According to files from the Free Press, Nedohin is allegedly responsible for six assaults.
Carver said there are specific rules and circumstances put forth by the courts where police officers can keep someone in custody.
“But again, it’s odd,” he said. “Often you make an arrest, you go home at the end of your shift and you find out (someone’s been let go), and I’ve heard guys say it for 25 years, they go: ‘What do you mean they got released?’ But they get released sometimes.”
Carver said Nedohin wouldn’t be released from custody any time soon, as police can now argue they are preventing a continuation of the offence.
“Hindsight’s 20/20,” he added.