WINNIPEG, MB - A 40-year-old Winnipeg man went on mini crime spree Sunday night and as a result, he is facing over 10 charges.
Police said it all started Sunday evening, January 28, around 9:20 p.m., when the suspect entered a convenience store in the 900 block of Archibald Street. He appeared disoriented and went behind a counter and assaulted two employees.
He then attempted to pull an employee into a bathroom but was unsuccessful. He locked himself in the bathroom where he armed himself with a metal rod.
One employee suffered minor injuries.
The suspect then left the convenience store and went to a nearby parking lot where he smashed a window of an unoccupied parked vehicle. He then went to Archibald Street near Elizabeth Avenue where he threw the metal rod at a passing vehicle.
As he stood in the middle of the road, a southbound tow truck slowed down and attempted to pass him. The suspect jumped into the passenger side of the tow truck and uttered threats to shoot the driver, telling him to keep driving.
Police located the tow truck travelling on Fermor Avenue near Archibald Street and tried to stop the truck. The driver slammed on the brakes and was able to flee while while the truck was still moving. The driver of the tow truck suffered minor injuries and was later taken to hospital in stable condition.
The suspect then got into the driver seat and began to drive erratically eastbound on Fermor Avenue. Police finally stopped the tow truck on Highway 1 just east of Lagimodière Boulevard where the suspect was arrested.
Police have charged, Charles Raymond Holke, a 40-year-old male of Winnipeg, with:
- Robbery (x2)
- Forcible Confinement
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment
- Possession of a Weapon
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment (x2)
- Uttering Threats - Cause Death or Bodily Harm
- Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle
- Flight while Pursued by Peace Officer
- Driving While Ability Impaired
- Fail to Comply with Conditions of Undertaking Given by Officer in Charge
Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post