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High Risk Sex Offender to Live in Winnipeg


Thursday, December 1, 2022 - Winnipeg Police are warning the public of another high risk sex offender that will to residence in the city.


Garry Edwards Jr. (also known as Brendin EDWARDS, Gary TAIT, Garry CRASSWELL, Garry CRASSWELLER), 44 years of age, is a convicted sex offender considered high risk to re-offend in a sexual/violent manner.


Edwards was released from Bowden Institution, Alberta after serving a sentence for 2 counts of sexual assault with a weapon, 2 counts of armed robbery, flight while pursued by a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and theft over $5000. He was convicted of those offences on October 29, 2013, and received a total sentence of 12 years (includes pre-trial custody credit of 18 months and 16 days).


Edwards is expected to reside in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Edwards has a history of violent sexual offending. Although he has participated in sexual offender treatment in the past, EDWARDS is still considered a high risk to re-offend. All females, both adults and children, are at risk of sexual violence.


Edwards is a 44 year old male with a lengthy criminal record including convictions for sexual assault with a weapon, armed robbery, breaking and entering to commit theft, theft, assault and numerous breaches of recognizance.



Edwards was released on December 1, 2022, after serving a sentence for 2 counts of sexual assault with a weapon, 2 counts of armed robbery, flight while pursued by a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and theft over $5000. He was convicted of those offences on October 29, 2013, and received a total sentence of 12 years (includes pre-trial custody credit of 18 months and 16 days).


Edwards most recent convictions arose from separate incidents occurring on the same day in April 2012. He initially assaulted a random female by choking her until she nearly lost consciousness. Having threatened to stab her if she did not comply, EDWARDS then pulled the victim into a dark area of a nearby building, robbed her, and sexually assaulted her. Later that day, EDWARDS attacked a second random female by sneaking in behind her as she entered a secure building. EDWARDS robbed her at knife point, sexually assaulted her, and then stole her vehicle to make good his escape. A short time later, police spotted EDWARDS driving the stolen vehicle. EDWARDS attempted to flee both by vehicle and foot, but was nonetheless apprehended.


Edwards committed both sexual assault offences on strangers within less than an hour of each other.


If you have any information about EDWARDS, please call the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit at (431) 489-8056. You may also contact the Winnipeg Police Service at (204) 986-6222, your local RCMP Detachment, or Manitoba Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477 or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. For media inquiries, please contact the Winnipeg Police Service Public Information Officer at (204) 986-3061.

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