Police say they have a man in custody after allegedly forcibly confining a hospital employee and obtaining a hospital ID and key to the narcotics room. 

On Friday night in The Pas, police received a phone call coming from St. Anthony’s Hospital. RCMP was told that an agitated man with a weapon was forcibly holding a hospital employee against their will. 

"Initial investigation has determined that (the suspect) held the victim in order to gain access to secure rooms in the hospital," RCMP Manitoba says in a Monday statement.

After immediately responding just after 9 p.m., the suspect ran from the hospital. Officers followed him on foot, taking him into custody without incident. When they searched him, police found a key to the narcotics room and an ID pass. Police learnt the suspect was wanted on unrelated charges for assault Causing Bodily Harm and Fail to Comply with Probation Order.

Police say while a lot of damage was done to the secure rooms, nothing was taken. 

The 21-year-old suspect is being charged with:

  • Resisting/Obstructing Peace Officer
  • Assault with a Weapon
  • Break and Enter with Intent
  • Robbery with Other Offensive Weapon
  • Uttering Threats Against a Person
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Mischief

The suspect is in custody and the investigation is ongoing.