Winnipeg police arrest man for fatal stabbing of passenger on Transit bus

Winnipeg Transit Bus. Photo by Northern Plains Freelancer.

Winnipeg police have arrested a man after he fatally stabbed another passenger on a bus.

On Sunday, at 3:00 p.m., police responded to a Winnipeg Transit bus in the area of Colony Street and Ellice Avenue for a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an injured man and took a suspect into custody. The victim was transported to hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries. The deceased man has been identified as Raymond Wesley Hill, 57-years-old, of Winnipeg.

Members of the Homicide Unit continued with the investigation.

Police believe that the suspect and victim had boarded the transit bus at a nearby stop. As the bus drove, the suspect started an unprovoked altercation with the victim, which escalated to the suspect brandishing a knife and stabbing the victim. The bus came to a halt and the victim flagged down a passing patrol unit before collapsing. Officers provided first aid and boarded the bus, at which time the suspect was arrested.

Police say the suspect and victim did not know each other.

Justin Gabriel James, 46-years-old, of Winnipeg, has been charged with manslaughter.

He was detained in custody.

Police are seeking a passenger that witnessed the altercation but left the bus before speaking with them. The passenger is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 204-986-6508 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-8477.

This is Winnipeg’s 17th homicide of 2020.