(Alleged Winnipeg serial killer Shawn Lamb, 52)
APTN National News
WINNIPEG-A Winnipeg woman says police ignored her sexual assault complaint against a Shawn Lamb, an alleged serial killer accused of murdering three Aboriginal women.
The First Nation woman, who requested anonymity, was working as a sex worker when she said Lamb tried to rape her about five months ago after inviting her into his apartment to smoke crack.
“He proceeded to put himself on me, he was trying to be aggressive on me, trying to rub me and trying to rape me,” she said, in an interview with APTN National News, which airs Wednesday. “I fought him off me and I was screaming, but I fought him off me. I grabbed a hammer and I swing it at him and told him, ‘If you don’t let me out of your house, I’ll smash your house up.’”
The woman said she then went to police.
“My voice wasn’t heard. They didn’t do nothing about it,” she said. “They just thought it was a bad date gone wrong.”
Lamb, 52, is currently facing three counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Tanya Jane Nepinak, 31, Carolyn Sinclair, 25, and Lorna Blacksmith, 18.
All three women disappeared within the space of five months around the same street, Ellice Ave, known locally as Winnipeg’s “street of tears.” Nepinak disappeared last September, Sinclair in December and Blacksmith disappeared in January of this year.
According to court records, police allege that Blacksmith was killed Jan. 12, while Sinclair was killed Dec. 18, 2011, and Nepinak was murdered on Sept. 13, 2011.
Sinclair and Blacksmith’s bodies were found in dumpsters while police are still searching for Nepinak’s remains.
The families of the women have long claimed they believed the women’s deaths were all connected.