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Dylan Lebrun might be the most paranoid person in the city.
Who can blame him?
The 18-year-old Winnipeg man has been robbed three times this year while pumping gas at Domo. The last two holdups were allegedly committed by his own brother.
Lebrun found this out in a dramatic way last month. Seconds after a disguised man stormed inside his kiosk, held a knife to his throat and demanded cash, police were on the scene after getting called by a citizen who saw a suspicious person nearby.
When the robber lunged towards them, they opened fire and hit him in the upper arm. Lebrun was standing behind the suspect and watched the man fall to the ground.
"There was blood just pouring out of his shoulder. And smoke. Then they took off his mask... " Lebrun told the Free Press this week in an exclusive interview.
He will never forget what he saw.
"This all happened in like 20 seconds, from getting robbed, to the police getting there, to seeing him get shot and unmasked," said Lebrun, his voice drifting off.
'(Police officers) kept saying I was lying, that I had planned this'
Andrew Christopher Lebrun, 21, was charged with numerous offences in connection with the June 19 incident on Wardlaw Avenue, along with an April 1 robbery on Academy Road. He remains in hospital.
None of the allegations has been proven and he is presumed innocent.
Police confirm Dylan Lebrun was a victim in the two incidents. But he told the Free Press investigators initially thought it was an inside job gone bad.
"They kept saying I was lying, that I had planned this," Lebrun said this week.
He insisted he had no idea who was behind the mask in either robbery.
In the April attack, Lebrun told police he believed the suspect was around 30 years old, based on wrinkles he saw around the eyes. He said the man barely said a word, so there was no voice recognition.
In the June incident, Lebrun said the suspect appeared heavily intoxicated when he spoke briefly.
"He was mumbling a lot, and very scary-looking. He had sunglasses over the mask," he said.
Lebrun said he's reeling from the shock that his brother is accused of being the robber.
"It's such anxiety and pain. I really don't know how to feel," he said.
"He was like the only father figure I've ever known."
Dylan and Andrew Christopher Lebrun were raised by their single mother, who eventually abandoned them when they were teens.
Dylan was placed in a group home and Christopher moved east to live with friends.
Christopher returned to Winnipeg a couple of years ago, but Dylan said he hadn't spoken to him in recent months.
Last year, Christopher was sentenced to one year in jail for a June 2012 stabbing. Court heard the incident began when Dylan was being attacked over a T-shirt by a violent man who had recently left prison. Christopher picked up a kitchen knife and stabbed the man once in the back to stop the assault on his younger brother.
Months later, Christopher was sentenced for possessing methamphetamine.
"I know I need to straighten my life and I'm going to try to do my best to seek the help that I need," he told Judge Anne Krahn last November.
Dylan said he's heard his brother may lose his arm as a result of being shot.
He doesn't want to visit him in hospital or speak to him.
Instead, he is focusing on keeping his nerves in check while returning to work. He began working for Domo last fall and experienced his first robbery in February.
That caused him to be more careful about how he handled money on the job, but it obviously hasn't prevented him from being targeted.
"This is more than a job, it's life or death," he said.
Lebrun took two weeks off, unpaid, following the latest attack but returned to work because he needs the money.
"This is my livelihood," he said, admitting he spends plenty of his time looking over his shoulder.
Lebrun is still a few credits short of graduating from high school at Tec Voc and hopes to finish school before pursuing either a career as an electrician or in the military.
For now, he is struggling to pay his bills while living with friends. Unfortunately, there is no family to turn to. His brother is in custody, his mother is apparently homeless and living on the streets, there never was a father in the picture and his grandparents are dead.
"I would love to take some kind of counselling, be able to tell someone how I feel and not just sit here by myself thinking of getting robbed again," said Lebrun.
"That's what happens, I just sit here and I'm sad."
-- with court files from James Turner