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Teens charged with terrorizing trio of friends

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Two male teens are charged with terrorizing and robbing three teens at knifepoint near Polo Park Saturday afternoon.

Police said the incident may have been part of a gang initiation and the victims were likely random targets.

The robbery happened under the railway bridge east of Empress Street and Westway Avenue.

Three 18-year-old friends, two women and a man, were walking to Omand's Creek after an afternoon of shopping when they were surrounded by five suspects and held at knifepoint.

The trio was robbed of cash, identification and cellphones, and was threatened and assaulted for an hour.

One woman was robbed of her bank card and PIN, allowing one of the suspects to withdraw an undisclosed amount of cash from her bank account.

The man was also assaulted.

The victims remembered one of the suspects referring to himself as "the slicer" or "the slitter" and said another wore a "scary clown mask."

The teens were let go around 5:30 p.m and they called the police later that night.

Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken said officers worked around the clock to track down the suspects.

"I can tell you a lot of man hours went into (the investigation) very quickly and we're happy to say that we have obviously identified and arrested two people," said Aitken.

"The individual victims were in fact traumatized and we're working quickly to arrest the other (suspects) and bring the others into custody."

Dylan Anderson, 19, and a 17-year-old male who can't be named, were arrested Wednesday around 3 p.m. near Denson Place and Wolever Avenue.

Both have been charged with three counts of robbery and forcible confinement.

The 17-year-old faces a charge of failing to comply with disposition, which stems from a previous run-in with police. Both remain in custody.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-2877 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

jessica.botelho-urbanski@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2014 B3

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