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Third man arrested in death of Winnipeg teen

Paris Bruce, 16, was found badly injured in the 300-block of Aberdeen Avenue Sept. 4, 2012.

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DEAN PRITCHARD | QMI AGENCY

WINNIPEG -- Police have arrested a third suspect in the alleged gang-related slaying of 16-year-old Paris Bruce.

Police arrested 24-year-old Warner Dairren Flett shortly before 4 p.m. Friday in the 300-block of Aberdeen Avenue, the same area where Bruce was viciously attacked Sept. 4. Bruce died in hospital days later.

Flett and two co-accused have been charged with manslaughter.

Police previously arrested Richard Daniel Beaulieu, 36, and Michael James Guimond, 34. All three suspects remain in custody.

A police spokeswoman would not say how Flett came to be arrested.

Beaulieu and Guimond are both associated with the Indian Posse street gang, sources and court records say, while Bruce had ties to the MOB street gang. Sources say the two gangs are involved in a violent turf war over drugs.

At the time Beaulieu was arrested, he was bound by 19 separate bail conditions, including a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew, a weapons ban, and orders prohibiting him from consuming alcohol or drugs and riding on Winnipeg Transit.

Beaulieu was arrested for an alleged sexual assault that occurred June 11, court records say. He was granted bail three days later, only to be rearrested in late July on suspicion he had been drinking.

He was released on bail with the Crown’s consent on July 30. Beaulieu has a prior drug trafficking conviction, for which he received a 12-month conditional sentence and a 10-year weapons ban in 2003.

Guimond has several criminal convictions on his record. He was previously charged, but never convicted, in connection with two other Winnipeg homicides.

In May 2006, he and two other men were accused of second-degree murder for the shooting death of 20-year-old Ryan Neufeld on Magnus Avenue on New Year’s Day of that year. The Crown stayed the charges a few months later, and the case against the other men fell apart at a preliminary hearing.

Guimond was also given an 18-month conditional sentence for assault causing bodily harm for the May 2000 gang-related beating and stabbing death of Adrian Bruyere and an assault on Bruyere’s brother. Guimond had initially faced a murder charge.

Guimond also was convicted, and later acquitted on appeal, for uttering threats to the family of slain grocery store clerk Jeff Giles. Guimond’s older brother Norman was sentenced to life in prison for the fatal 1997 shooting.

The homicide unit is continuing to investigate Bruce’s killing.

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