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Man, 20, faces charges in carjacking of older couple

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A 20-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with 13 offences after an incident in Wolseley in which an older couple was allegedly assaulted and robbed of their car, bystanders were threatened and two other vehicles -- including a police cruiser -- were rammed.

On Thursday about 6:45 p.m., a couple in their 60s was walking from a fast-food restaurant on Portage Avenue near Greenwood Place -- kitty corner to Winnipeg's RCMP headquarters -- when they were confronted by an intoxicated man as they were trying to reach their vehicle, Winnipeg Police Service spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Saturday.

The intoxicated man demanded the couple's keys, assaulted them, and threatened to harm bystanders who attempted to intervene on the couple's behalf, Michalyshen said.

The man drove off in the couple's Ford Focus. Police followed him and tried to get him to stop, but could not get him to do so safely. He allegedly rammed the Ford into a police cruiser and a Mazda van before the chase ended.

Police stunned the suspect with an electronic weapon and arrested him, Michalyshen said.

Michalyshen said there were no injuries to officers or civilians in the collision, but damages to the vehicles are expected to exceed $6,000.

The man has been charged with robbery, assault, fleeing a police officer, dangerous driving, driving without a licence, failing to comply with a probation order, breach of recognizance, two impaired-driving offences and four counts of uttering threats to kill or hurt people. Michalyshen said the suspect is well-known to police.

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 6, 2014 A4

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