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Third teen arrested for bridge holdup

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Two suspects remain at large and three are in custody after a teen was arrested Friday night for last weekend's robbery and assault on three people near Omand's Creek.

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Two suspects remain at large and three are in custody after a teen was arrested Friday night for last weekend's robbery and assault on three people near Omand's Creek.

ANOTHER arrest has been made in the case that saw three teens robbed and held up for about 90 minutes on July 12 near Omand's Creek.

A 16-year-old male was arrested in the area of Pacific Avenue and Keewatin Street at about 9 p.m. Friday for his alleged involvement in the case. He remains in custody.

Two other young men, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, were arrested Wednesday shortly after 3 p.m. in connection with the same incident.

On July 12 the three victims, two 18-year-old women and an 18-year-old man, were walking in the creek area under the railway bridge near Empress Street and Westway Avenue around 4 p.m. They had spent the day shopping at Polo Park mall.

They stopped to take photographs of graffiti under the railway bridge when they were approached by five male strangers asking them for a cigarette.

The encounter turned violent when one of the suspects pulled out a knife, and the group began demanding cash, debit cards and smartphones from the teens. The male victim was assaulted during the process.

After holding the victims captive for about an hour and a half, the suspects fled the scene at around 5:30 p.m. The victims later gave detailed descriptions of the suspects to police. They said one of the males referred to himself as "the slicer" or "the slitter," and another wore a "scary clown mask."

Winnipeg police suspect the incident may have been part of a gang initiation in which the teens were randomly targeted.

Police say their investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are pending.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2014 A4

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