A teenage male is in police custody following a robbery and carjacking last week in the St. John's neighbourhood of Winnipeg.
The Winnipeg Police Service says that at 2 p.m. on June 3 a woman was robbed in the entranceway of a library in the community.
The woman was with her infant when two unknown males grabbed hold of her purse in an attempt to steal it. As she was still hanging onto her purse, she was dragged, and the baby stroller containing her child was knocked over, police say.
The suspects fled with the purse but then returned almost immediately when they discovered the victim's car keys in the purse. Police allege that as the suspects were getting into the vehicle bystanders intervened. Police say that one of the suspects then pointed a gun at a bystander and then fled in the vehicle.
Police were contacted and met with the victim. She did not request medical attention for herself or her child.
On June 4, General Patrol officers from the North District observed the stolen vehicle being driven near Salter/Powers and attempted a traffic stop. As the vehicle slowed down, an individual from the initial purse robbery jumped out and fled on foot.
After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was taken into custody and turned over to the Major Crimes Unit.
A 16-year-old male of Winnipeg was charged with the following offences, while the other suspect has not been arrested:
- Armed robbery with a firearm
- Possession of a Firearm, Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Operation of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order Under Criminal Code