A 16-year-old boy is in custody after four teenage boys were stabbed following an unsuccessful robbery at a Winnipeg shopping mall. He is also facing several other charges in connection to a string of pizza delivery robberies.
On Friday, Winnipeg Police were called to the CF Polo Park at around 8:30 p.m. following a report of a stabbing.
Officers found three 14-year-old male victims and one 13-year-old male victim suffering from stab wounds. Officers provided medical care to two 14-year-old boys, applying tourniquets to their injuries. Both boys were transported to hospital and treated for their injuries. The other two boys were treated at the scene. The suspect fled before police arrived.
A search was initiated, and with help from the Tactical Support Team, officers located the suspect less than an hour later in the 200 block of Queen Street. He was arrested without incident, and the weapon was recovered.
Police say the suspect attempted to rob one of the victims of property and proceeded to attack them after he failed.
The Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation and discovered that the suspect stabbed the victims after being unsuccessful in robbing one of them. Investigators also learned that the 16-year-old suspect had been identified as a suspect in a string of violent pizza delivery robberies and mischief to property incidents.
On April 25, the suspect and two unidentified suspects robbed a 28-year-old male pizza delivery driver in the 1800 block of Ross Avenue at knifepoint. The victim suffered a minor injury after being stabbed and received treatment for his injury.
The following day, April 26, the suspect and three yet-to-be-identified suspects robbed a 23-year-old male pizza delivery driver at knifepoint. The suspects fled, and the victim was uninjured.
On April 29, the suspect and two unidentified suspects robbed a third pizza delivery man. The 23-year-old victim was assaulted and stabbed in the upper body. His vehicle was also damaged. The suspects fled again before police arrived. The victim was transported to hospital in unstable condition and required surgery for his injury.
Winnipeg Police say the suspect and the victims did not know each other, and they believe the incidents were all random.
The 16-year-old suspect faces a long list of charges, including four counts of robbery, aggravated assault, five counts of assault with a weapon and mischief under $5,000/obstruct in enjoyment.
He remains in custody.
The Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate these incidents. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).