Two toddlers are safe and eight people face charges following a Monday abduction attempt that escalated into an attack on three police officers.
Highway 59 south of Roseau River was closed for most of the day while Steinbach and Morris RCMP called in armoured vehicles and other resources needed to diffuse the situation.
In a release issued the next day, Manitoba RCMP said the incident began at 10:45 a.m. with a report of a parental abduction.
Two children, both under two years of age, had been taken by their biological parents after a supervised visit in the RM of Hanover, then driven to the Roseau River area.
Officers located the suspects’ vehicle at a home on Road 29E in the RM of Emerson-Franklin.
As three officers approached the home, they were surrounded and attacked by eight people.
The officers arrested two suspects and withdrew, uninjured, from the yard.
The remaining six suspects went back inside the home, where they continued to threaten police.
A large security perimeter was established and backup arrived throughout the afternoon. Detours were in effect but motorists were asked to avoid the area.
Around 6 p.m., an RCMP Emergency Response Team entered the residence and arrested the remaining six suspects.
The children’s parents, a 23-year-old man and 21-year-old woman, both from Steinbach, face charges of parental abduction and resisting arrest.
A 50-year-old man and 44-year-old woman from Roseau River, along with four males aged 16, 17, 19 and 24 from the RM of Emerson-Franklin, face charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, assault with a weapon, and aiding and abetting parental abduction.
Steinbach and Morris RCMP continue to investigate the incident.