ROPE squad aims to snare dangerous offender

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Personnel with Corrections Services Canada and the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Unit (ROPE) are seeking information from the public in an effort to locate 24-year-old Winston Matthews, whom they describe as "a violent and dangerous offender."

Matthews has known family ties with the Lynden area. He is also known to frequent the Hamilton and Brantford areas.

He was serving a seven-year sentence for three counts of robbery, kidnapping, possession of a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and possession of property obtained by crime. While on parole three months ago, he fled from a Hamilton halfway house. As a result, his parole was suspended and a Canadian-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police believe Matthews is in hiding in Brantford, Det. Cst. Ed Gies of the Provincial ROPE Squad said last week. They base their assumption on a number of factors, including reports that he was seen there several weeks ago and his girlfriend lives in the community. Matthews disappeared Oct. 23 when his girlfriend visited him at the halfway house.

However, he also has family in the Lynden area, "his home stomping grounds," Gies added.

He is described as a black male, 5'8", 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone having information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Cst. Gies at 1-888-238-6549 (pager) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Matthews as he is considered violent and may be armed.

Anyone knowing his location should contact police immediately.

ROPE squad aims to snare dangerous offender

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Personnel with Corrections Services Canada and the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Unit (ROPE) are seeking information from the public in an effort to locate 24-year-old Winston Matthews, whom they describe as "a violent and dangerous offender."

Matthews has known family ties with the Lynden area. He is also known to frequent the Hamilton and Brantford areas.

He was serving a seven-year sentence for three counts of robbery, kidnapping, possession of a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and possession of property obtained by crime. While on parole three months ago, he fled from a Hamilton halfway house. As a result, his parole was suspended and a Canadian-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police believe Matthews is in hiding in Brantford, Det. Cst. Ed Gies of the Provincial ROPE Squad said last week. They base their assumption on a number of factors, including reports that he was seen there several weeks ago and his girlfriend lives in the community. Matthews disappeared Oct. 23 when his girlfriend visited him at the halfway house.

However, he also has family in the Lynden area, "his home stomping grounds," Gies added.

He is described as a black male, 5'8", 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone having information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Cst. Gies at 1-888-238-6549 (pager) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Matthews as he is considered violent and may be armed.

Anyone knowing his location should contact police immediately.

ROPE squad aims to snare dangerous offender

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Personnel with Corrections Services Canada and the Provincial Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Unit (ROPE) are seeking information from the public in an effort to locate 24-year-old Winston Matthews, whom they describe as "a violent and dangerous offender."

Matthews has known family ties with the Lynden area. He is also known to frequent the Hamilton and Brantford areas.

He was serving a seven-year sentence for three counts of robbery, kidnapping, possession of a prohibited weapon, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, and possession of property obtained by crime. While on parole three months ago, he fled from a Hamilton halfway house. As a result, his parole was suspended and a Canadian-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police believe Matthews is in hiding in Brantford, Det. Cst. Ed Gies of the Provincial ROPE Squad said last week. They base their assumption on a number of factors, including reports that he was seen there several weeks ago and his girlfriend lives in the community. Matthews disappeared Oct. 23 when his girlfriend visited him at the halfway house.

However, he also has family in the Lynden area, "his home stomping grounds," Gies added.

He is described as a black male, 5'8", 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone having information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Cst. Gies at 1-888-238-6549 (pager) or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Members of the public are cautioned not to approach Matthews as he is considered violent and may be armed.

Anyone knowing his location should contact police immediately.