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Woman assaulted on downtown riverbank

A night out with friends turned violent for a 35-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted by a stranger.

The Winnipeg Police Service said the woman was socializing with friends on the south riverbank of the Assiniboine River, west of the Donald Street Bridge, early Friday. When the group dispersed, the woman was walking alone in a wooded area when she was confronted by a man. She was incapacitated and lost consciousness, at which point a serious sexual assault occurred.

Police say when the woman regained consciousness, she fought back against her attacker. Her friends heard her scream. Police were notified, and the man fled the area.

Police are searching for a suspect described as aboriginal in appearance, approximately 35 years old, 170 pounds, with short, black, unkempt hair, a pockmarked face and a slight moustache. He was wearing dark clothing and white running shoes.

Anyone with more information regarding the attack is asked to call investigators at 204-986-6245 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

Arrest made after chase

A suspect was arrested in connection with a convenience-store robbery early Friday after a brief foot chase.

Police say a man lingered in the store in the 100 block of Keewatin Street around 3 a.m. Friday. It's believed he was waiting for other customers to leave before he allegedly robbed the store of cash and merchandise while armed with a knife.

When police arrived, the suspect fled on foot.

Police arrested a suspect after a short chase. He allegedly had the stolen cash and goods on him, as well as the knife.

Peter Kennedy, 20, of Winnipeg has been charged with robbery, possession of a weapon and failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance. He remained in custody.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 3, 2014 A5

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