Winnipeg police are searching for a pair of suspects in connection to multiple assault incidents in the West End and downtown areas over the weekend.
Police say the responded to a total of four incidents between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The first incident happened at around 7:30 yesterday. Winnipeg police say two suspects were observed chasing two victims with unknown weapons. The victims have yet to come forward.
Just before 10 a.m., Central District General Patrol officers attended to a second incident at Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street where they found a male who had been assaulted by two male suspects. The suspects fled on foot before police arrived. Officers located a 30-year-old victim suffering from the effects of bear spray. Winnipeg Fire Paramedics personnel on scene treated and medically cleared the victim.
Ten minutes later, at around 10:00 a.m., officers, assisted by members of the Tactical Support Team, attended the 300 block of Langside Street for the report of a female who two male suspects had assaulted. Officers located a 24-year-old victim suffering from an upper-body injury and the effects of bear spray. The victim was transported to hospital and received treatment for her injury.
Just before 1 p.m., officers responded to a fourth incident at Colony Square and St. Mary Avenue for the report of a male who two male suspects had assaulted. Officers located a 33-year-old male suffering from the effects of bear spray. The victim did not require medical assistance.
Multiple units, including officers from Foot Patrol Units, Tactical Support Team, and Major Crimes Unit, were deployed during these incidents in a coordinated effort to locate the suspects; however, they remain outstanding.
The Major Crimes Unit has assumed the investigation and believes all four incidents are related due to similarities in the suspect description and the narrow timeline and geographical location of the incidents.
The suspects are described as adult males with skinny builds, approximately 20 years of age, between 5'6" and 5'8 in height, both wearing black hooded bomber jackets wearing black/blue jeans.
Winnipeg police say the suspects are considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Instead, call 911 in the case of an emergency.
The Major Crimes Unit continues the investigation. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).