Portage La Prairie RCMP initiate rarely used tool to find young offender wanted for questioning in multiple assaults

Wyatt Martin-French
Wyatt Martin-French

RCMP have enacted a rarely used tool to help find and arrest whom they allege to be a dangerous 17-year-old male.

As per the Youth Criminal Justice Act, an ex parte application was made by the RCMP to a youth justice judge to publish information that identifies a young person as having committed or allegedly committed an indictable offence under the Act. “The application was approved as there is reason to believe that the young person may be a danger to others and that the publication of information is necessary to assist in apprehending the young person,” RCMP write in a press release today. This application is valid for 4 days.

Police are searching for Wyatt Martin-French, 17, from Portage La Prairie. He is described as 5’5”, 135 lbs, slender build, with black hair and brown eyes.

On Sept. 1, at approximately 11:05 p.m., Portage La Prairie RCMP responded to an assault with a weapon on Spruce Bay in Portage La Prairie. It is reported a 17-year-old male used bear mace to spray several people and then fled.

As officers were investigating the incident, additional 911 calls were received advising that the same suspect was involved with assaulting people with bear mace at a second residence on 6 St. NE in Portage La Prairie.

Martin-French is wanted for assault with a weapon (x 5), possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, weapons possession contrary to an order (x 4), mischief and fail to comply with undertaking (x 3).

He is considered dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portage La Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or submit a secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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