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Suspect arrested in city's first homicide of year

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Winnipeg homicide investigators have caught up with a murder suspect they had been hunting for weeks in connection with the city's first homicide of 2014.

Justin Atelard Catcheway, 30, is in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre charged with the second-degree murder of Justin Desmarais.

On Jan. 19 at about 3 p.m., Desmarais, 24, was found dead in a home in the 200 block of Andrews Street.

Investigators believe an argument took place in the house the day before. Desmarais died of blunt-force trauma to his upper body, police said Monday.

Catcheway is also accused of uttering threats to a woman on the day Desmarais died.

He was arrested downtown on Friday in the 400 block of Kennedy Street, police said.

The North End rooming house in which Desmarais was found was known for drug-related activity. He didn't live there, police said.

Police obtained a Canada-wide warrant for Catcheway's arrest after he was identified as a suspect. Twice in recent weeks they issued public pleas for help finding him.

Police said they believe he's an associate of the Manitoba Warriors street gang.

He was arrested without incident, said police.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2014 B2

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