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Police looking for hijacker

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Police are looking for a man who hijacked two people at gunpoint at a car wash on Monday night and attempted to force them to withdraw money from a bank machine.

A 59-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman were at a car wash in the 500-block of Madison Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. when the suspect, who disguised his identity, was brandishing a gun as he jumped in their sport utility vehicle and demanded they take him to a bank machine.

The male victim drove the vehicle to a bank in the area of Ellice Avenue and Empress Street and got out in the parking lot with the suspect. The male victim yelled at passersby to call police when the the suspect assaulted him, causing non-life threatening injuries to his upper body.

The female victim escaped the SUV, a Hyundai Tucson, before the suspect got back into it and drove eastbound on Ellice Avenue.

Police responded to the area and at about 9 p.m. found the SUV abandoned in a parking lot of a recreation centre in the 900 block of Sargent Avenue.

The suspect is described as a male with a thin build who was 6-foot-1 to 6-foot-4 tall, wearing dark-coloured clothing, carrying a backpack and using a shirt or sweater to conceal his face.

Anyone with information related to this incident or the suspect is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPPS (8477).

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