Winnipeg police quickly arrested two suspects in connection with a Transcona robbery where bear spray was released.
At around 1:15 a.m. on May 22, a male suspect entered a convenience store in the 800 block of Regent Avenue West and immediately released a canister of bear spray, hitting a staff member in the process. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of product before leaving the store.
Staff contacted emergency personnel, and the struck employee was taken to hospital in stable condition.
The suspect met up with another male and they were walking in the area of Brewster Street and Regent Avenue West. Police spotted the suspects in a bust shelter and arrested them both. The stolen merchandise and weapons were also seized.
An 18-year-old male is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, two counts of possession of a weapon, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition, and two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon. He was released on a promise to appear.
A 15-year-old male is facing charges of robbery, disguise with intent, possession of a weapon, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon. He was detained at the Manitoba Youth Centre.