A driver is suffering from trauma after a bloody stranger got into the passenger side of her vehicle and demanded she drive or he would harm her.
The female driver was waiting at the traffic lights near the St. Vital Shopping Centre at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday when she was carjacked by the 29-year-old man, who was bleeding from a laceration to his upper body. It was the beginning of a bizarre sequence of events that included an alleged foot chase, two more attemped car-jackings and the bloodied man running through traffic.
"He was very agitated and I know the victim was very traumatized by the incident," said Const. Jay Murray. "I think she did what she had to in that situation."
It is believed the man was being chased by two unidentified women at the time he entered the vehicle.
The woman drove the man to the area of St. Mary’s Road and Vista Avenue, where he exited her vehicle and began running through traffic.
He then tried unsuccessfully to enter a second vehicle, before punching it and causing damage.
The man subsequently entered a third vehicle and was driven about 50 meters before he exited it and began punching and kicking at other vehicles.
Upon arrival, city police restrained the man, who was taken to hospital in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to unstable condition.
No weapons were involved and police could not say whether drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. The man did not take control of any of the vehicles.
Police have determined he was injured at a residence on the first 100 block of Glen Meadow Street, which may be the home of one of the women chasing him. The circumstances of his injury remain unknown and the investigation is ongoing.
The man has been identified by police and will be facing charges for mischief under $5,000 and uttering threats related to his involvement in the matter.
"We haven’t identified these females, which is why we’re still unsure how this male sustained his injuries," said Murray.
"They were gone on police arrival and we still haven’t located them. We hope to speak to them and get a little bit better sense of what happened."