February 11, 2021 Media Release
On February 10, 2021, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Winnipeg Police Service North District officers responded to the area of Higgins Avenue and Main Street for the report of a male armed with a weapon.
Moments earlier, the suspect went to a business in the 1000 block of Main Street. An employee of this business was in the parking lot, sitting inside her vehicle when the suspect randomly began attacking the car with a hammer. A second male employee exited the business to assist when the suspect chased them both back into the building. They locked themselves inside; however, the male launched a further attack by smashing out the building’s windows, attempting to gain entry as they held the door shut.
The male then abruptly fled the area and boarded a transit bus. Responding officers stopped the bus at Higgins Avenue and Main Street and located the suspect still in possession of the hammer.
This suspect was believed to be under the influence of methamphetamine and alcohol. Officers safely de-escalated his erratic behaviour, and he was taken into custody without further incident.
There were no injuries as a result of this unprovoked incident. Estimates of property damage are not available at this time.
A 28-year-old male was charged with:
- Mischief Under $5000 x2
- Breach-related charges x2
He was released on an Undertaking.
Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs