WINNIPEG, MB - A group of people robbed a store in the 100 block of Salter Street Thursday morning.
A store clerk called police stating that several people entered the store and began taking items off the shelves. When asked if he could help them, one of the suspects advised that they "could do what they want", and motioned to grab something from behind his back. The group continued to grab various items before exiting the store at which time one of the suspects pulled out a large machete and threatened the clerk. The clerk was not injured.
Police quickly located the suspects and after a short foot pursuit, three people were caught in the 500 block of Selkirk Ave, and one in the 500 block of Burrows Ave.
One suspect had a replica handgun strapped to his neck and concealed by his hood. A second male was in possession of a replica firearm attached to a strap and concealed under his clothing. A third male was in possession of a machete which was concealed inside the front waistband of his pants.
Police said the following people were arrested and charged:
Thunder Lightening Fontaine, an 18-year-old man of Winnipeg has been charged with Possess Weapon, Carry Concealed Weapon, Fail to Comply with Probation Order and Robbery.
Colton Ross Desmerais, 18-years-old, has been charged with Robbery, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possess Weapon and Carry Concealed Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition.
David Walter Anderson, 20-years-old, has been charged with Robbery and Fail to Comply with Probation Order.
A 15-year-old boy has also been charged with Robbery, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possess Weapon and Carry Concealed Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition.