By: Staff Writer I Winnipeg Tribune
Winnipeg, January 4, 2024 - On Tuesday evening a horrifying incident unfolded at a Winnipeg shopping Mall as a 15-year-old male was stabbed and robbed by a group of individuals. The Winnipeg Police Service swiftly responded to the scene, initiating a critical investigation that has since led to an arrest and a call for public assistance.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service received an urgent report of a stabbing incident at Polo Park Shopping Mall. Upon their arrival, officers discovered a wounded teenager, who was actively receiving first aid from a vigilant security guard. The victim, in critical condition at the time, was rushed to a nearby hospital and subsequently upgraded to stable condition.
Meanwhile, additional police officers patrolling the vicinity spotted a person believed to be connected to the attack fleeing the scene. A foot chase ensued, and the suspect was successfully apprehended and taken into custody.
The investigation into this disturbing incident has been transferred to the Major Crimes Unit. Preliminary findings suggest that the 15-year-old victim was initially confronted and robbed by a group of individuals. Despite his efforts to escape, the group pursued him relentlessly. Tragically, before he could reach safety, he was brutally stabbed. The assailants, at that point, managed to flee the scene.
Police have identified the suspect taken into custody as an 18-year-old male hailing from Winnipeg. He has been charged with Robbery and is currently detained in custody as the investigation continues.
The Winnipeg Police Service is now urging the public to come forward with any information that may assist in identifying and locating the remaining suspects involved in this heinous crime. Individuals with relevant details or tips are encouraged to contact the Major Crimes Unit at 204-986-6219. For those who wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers can be reached at 204-786-TIPS, or information can be submitted online at winnipegcrimestoppers.org.