Armed man held woman hostage for hours, police say

By | January 29, 2019

A 26-year-old man is in custody after barricading himself and another woman in a Colony Street apartment for hours Monday night.

Police were called to the apartment at about 3:30 p.m. and blocked off the street between Broadway and York Avenue. They remained on scene until about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, a police spokesperson said. 

Dozens of officers with guns drawn, including the tactical support team and the Winnipeg Police Service armoured vehicle, were involved in what police described as a “serious incident.” 

On Tuesday, police spokesperson Const. Tammy Skrabek said the man had barricaded himself in the apartment with a 28-year-old woman, telling police he had a firearm. 

A police armoured vehicle was spotted near the Colony Street apartment Monday night. (Ahmar Khan/CBC )

Police were initially called to the apartment by a 26-year-old woman, who told police that the same man had beaten her to the point of unconsciousness, causing her to flee with her young child after she awoke. 

The situation was treated as an armed and barricaded incident, which is essentially a stand-off, Skrabek said.

Tactical Support Team members and additional general patrol members attended and secured the area.

At around 12:30 a.m., police were able to enter the suite the man had barricaded himself in, and safely remove him and the 28-year-old woman, who had been held against her will but not physically injured. The 26-year-old woman who reported the assault was treated for minor injuries. 

Paramedics were on scene as a precaution Monday night, but no injuries have been reported. (Ahmar Khan/CBC )

The 28-year-old woman told police that she had been assaulted by the suspect on Jan. 4 as well. 

The man is now facing a litany of charges, including assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, and theft under $5,000.

Late Monday night, a police spokesperson said people weren’t being allowed to come and go from the apartment in question, or the two buildings on either side. 

Some tenants were escorted out earlier in the day for their own safety, police said.