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Sexual assault attempted

WINNIPEG police are searching for a man who broke into a Fort Rouge home and tried to sexually assault a sleeping 14-year-old girl early Friday.

Officers were called around 2 a.m. after the teen awoke to find the intruder in her bedroom. Police said the stranger "made contact" with the girl, but she was not injured.

"It is believed that the suspect's intentions were sexual in nature," a police news release stated.

The man fled the home, located in the Wellington Crescent and Cockburn Street North area. Police began a search of the area involving the canine unit but were unable to find the suspect. The sex crimes unit is continuing the investigation with help from the forensic identification unit.

The suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old, with an average build, bald or closely shaved hair and with spots or freckles on his face.

Anyone with information on this matter or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

Grow-op worth $466,000

POLICE busted a marijuana grow operation worth more than $466,000 Thursday morning in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said the police drug unit, tactical support team and District 3 community support unit executed a drug search warrant at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Pritchard Avenue residence.

He said investigators seized 352 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $394,240, 10.8 kilograms of dried marijuana with an estimated street value of $60,000, $3,575 in cash and grow-operation equipment valued at $8,000

Two men, ages 42 and 39, and two women, ages 52 and 42, are all charged with production of marijuana, possession of it for the purpose of trafficking, theft of telecommunication and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Smoke mortar found

THE police bomb unit has concluded a mysterious object unearthed Thursday is a smoke mortar, but police have yet to determine its age and origin.

Const Jason Michalyshen said police went to the 900 block of Dudley Avenue at 3:15 p.m. Thursday regarding a suspicious item found by a construction company working in the area.

The police bomb unit and Canadian Forces members attended and examined the object further. The cylinder with fins on one end was 7.6 centimetres in diameter and about 23 centimetres long, Michalyshen said.

"As a result, the immediate area was evacuated for a period of time while the investigation continued," Michalyshen said.

"The item has been determined to be a smoke mortar. However, its age and origin are undetermined at this time. No one was injured as a result of the incident," he said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 B3

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