Point Douglas stabbing victim dies in hospital
Stabbing victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition at 5 a.m. Monday
A man has died in hospital after being stabbed at a home in Winnipeg's North Point Douglas neighbourhood early Monday morning.
Police were called to a home in the 200 block of Austin Street North just after 5 a.m.
There, officers found a man suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. He was taken to hospital in critical condition, according to police.
He has since died, according to police. Winnipeg police said they are now investigating the man’s death as a homicide.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the homicide unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.
Rooming house a known problem
The stabbing took place in a rooming house that's well-known as a drug den, according to Sel Burrows, a Point Douglas resident and neighbourhood activist.
“We know from the police who visit it regularly, there is high-powered drug dealing, mostly prescription drugs and crack,” said Burrows.
Burrows said it has been a challenge over the years to shut down the activity going on at the home.
"It's totally frustrating for the police, it's totally frustrating for bylaw enforcement," he said.
"All the police can do is arrest the individual, and then another individual continuing the same behaviour just moves right in."
Burrows said while Point Douglas residents have done a great job in cleaning up the area, the rooming house is the last building where crime is still happening.
He said he wants the city and province to take it over as part of the Safer Communities Act.
Since the act came into effect in 2002, Manitoba Justice officials say they have cleaned up more than 800 properties based on thousands of citizen complaints.
Cont. Eric Hofley said the house is known to police. In the past 18 months, there have been three inspections of the home, multiple arrests and some residents evicted.
“Often, along with these people that are causing problems for the neighbourhood, there are residents that are just trying to live their lives,” said Hofley. “The powers aren’t that great that we can just go in and shut those things. There are processes that have to be followed.”