Norway House RCMP are looking for one of six men alleged to have taken part in a home invasion, during which shots were fired in a house with children and a male occupant was stabbed.
Police were called to a home in Kinosao Sipi First Nation just before 9 a.m. May 3 and learned that the residents had been the victim of a home invasion. Three males with hoodies and bandanas covering their faces had broken into the home of a family, including four children aged six to 13, all of whom were present at the time, and fired shots within the residence.
An adult female escaped with two of the children and a 50-year-old man who lived in the home confronted the intruders and was stabbed, sustaining serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The intruders then fled from the home, joining up with three other men outside.
None of the children were physically hurt during the home invasion.
Police identified the suspects, all but one of whom are Kinosao Sipi residents. Over the next several days, RCMP arrested Peter Sheldon Keeper, Cory Joseph Keeper, Malcolm William McLeod, Robert William Menow and Bradley John Easter, who is a resident of Moose Lake.
Menow was released by a judge until a future court date while the other four were remanded into custody on charges including breaking and entering, aggravated assault, robbery with a firearm, recklessly discharging a gun, using a gun in the commission of an offence, possessing a restricted gun and possessing weapons contrary to a court order.
A sawed-off shotgun was seized during the investigation and police are investigating if it was the weapon fired during the home invasion.
Norway House RCMP are still looking for 29-year-old Evan Cromarty, who had four previous arrest warrants and is wanted in connection with the May 3 incident as well. He is described as six feet tall and 170 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. Police believe he is still in the community.
Anyone with information can call Norway House RCMP at 204-359-6483 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.