WINNIPEG, MB - Winnipeg Police have charged a man who crashed a car into a snowbank off Copeland Street and later turned out to be heavily armed.
Monday afternoon after the suspect had driven a car into a snowbank a passer-by found the vehicle and called 911 for an ambulance after the man stated he was frozen and needed help. The man then threatened to shoot the passer-by and tried to reverse the vehicle without success. He took off on foot.
Police successfully caught up with the suspect in the area of Dugald Road and Murdock Road. When captured he had keys to the vehicle, a .22 calibre cartridge and $2,975 in Canadian Currency.
Police later found a backpack that had been concealed by snow and contained a collapsible baton and a revolver-style .22 calibre handgun with a spent round. A loaded .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle was found hidden in an unlocked vehicle that was parked on private property near the car that had gotten stuck.
Police said they believe that the car had been stolen from a convenience store in the 700 block of Corydon Avenue on February 18.
Police said Victor Maurice Cobham, a 35-year-old man from Winnipeg, has been charged with:
- Possession of a Weapon (x2)
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x2)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (x2)
- Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
- Careless Use of Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition (x4)
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations (x2)
- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle (x2)
- Possession of Scheduled Substance - Cocaine
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000
- Fraud under $5,000
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000
The fraud charges relate to an incident in October 2017 in which a contract for graphic art work was never fulfilled.
Kevin Klein, Manitoba Post