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Man dies following stabbing

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 Police keep watch over a rooming house in North Point Douglas where a man was stabbed early Monday. He later died from his injuries.

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KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Police keep watch over a rooming house in North Point Douglas where a man was stabbed early Monday. He later died from his injuries.

A man has died from injuries he sustained in a stabbing early Monday in the North Point Douglas area.

The assault occurred in the 200 block of Austin Street North and officers responded to the call about 5:15 a.m.

Police are not identifying the man as his family is being notified.

The Winnipeg Police Service homicide unit is pursuing the investigation and anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of suspects is asked to contact investigators at (204) 986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

Sel Burrows, co-ordinator of the North Point Douglas Citizens on Watch group, said the house where the stabbing took place was the only "continuing crime centre" on Austin Street.

"Austin used to be one of the worst streets in Winnipeg. Now, other than this house, it's quite a nice street," he said.

The building in question has 14 suites. Ten contain rooming-house tenants.

"We're not surprised that an assault has taken place in there. The police are there all the time. One officer told me he recognized every one of the tenants in there as having criminal backgrounds," Burrows said.

The building is a "nightmare" for police to deal with, because in order to secure a search warrant, they need to know in which suite criminal activity is taking place.

Burrows said one of the neighbouring landlords has difficulty finding tenants because of unsavoury characters in the immediate vicinity.

Burrows said he's hoping the city and province will see the house as a major social problem and come forward with some money to persuade a developer to transform the property into something more attractive for the neighbourhood.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 26, 2014 B3

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