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RCMP Swarmed at House Party


Monday, October 31, 2022 - RCMP in East St. Paul were swarmed by over fifty young people when responding to a house party on Saturday night around 10:00 pm, Red River North RCMP began receiving numerous calls about a large party made up of young people at a home on Saddleridge Lane in East St. Paul. When officers arrived they they were swarmed by approximately 70 intoxicated youth.


Multiple youth jumped on two RCMP vehicles and proceeded to kick in a windshield on one vehicle and the other suffered major damage to the roof and hood. As the incident unfolded, it became apparent there were far more youth in attendance than the initial amount that swarmed the police vehicles. Officers estimate there were several hundred party-goers present during the incident.


Immediately, RCMP officers from Selkirk, Oakbank, Central Traffic Services, Police Dog Services, and Winnipeg Police Service Canine Units and General Patrol officers responded as backup.


Racial epithets were made against visible minority officers responding to the scene, officers were spit on, and had fireworks launched at them and their police vehicles. Excessive drug use was apparent to officers as was a severe level of intoxication amongst many of the party attendees.


Officers located an intoxicated female youth who was being dragged into an adjacent bush where two male youths attempted to sexually assault her. Both males fled when officers intervened. The female was transported to local hospital for serious injuries.


"Some of the youth at this party were in vulnerable states and clearly in danger, yet many in attendance were preventing our officers from doing their jobs. We are very concerned that there may be more victims of crime that night," said S/Sgt Kyle McFadyen of the Selkirk RCMP. "We are asking anyone who may be a victim or who may have been a witness to a crime to contact us immediately."


"What occurred on Saturday and what our officers faced is unacceptable. The level of violence and the racist language directed at responding police officers is beyond disturbing. Be assured that we are reviewing video and audio captured by our police vehicles as well as the videos posted to social media. We will hold people accountable for their actions," said Superintendent John Duff, East District Commander, Manitoba RCMP.


No police officers were injured during this incident.


The damage to the residence, the property, and the police vehicles was significant. No dollar figure is currently available.


The homeowner was out of province at the time of the party and is cooperating with police in the investigation.


If you have any information regarding this event or if you were a victim of a crime that night, police would like to speak with you. You are asked to call the Red River North RCMP Detachment at 204-482-1222, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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