Man leads police on chase after robbing Osborne grocery store

The suspect jumped down to the riverbank and was finally arrested there. .
The suspect jumped down to the riverbank and was finally arrested there. . Ashley Carter/Global News

WINNIPEG – A 25-year-old Winnipeg man has been arrested after an afternoon of offences Friday.

On Friday afternoon, Winnipeg Police were called to a grocery store on River Avenue for a report of an aggressive shoplifter.

The man was caught by a 65-year-old security officer at Safeway but was able to escape after assaulting the security officer.

The suspect escaped over the Osborne Street Bridge and in doing so assaulted two male pedestrians.

“They’re coming across the bridge towards him and for whatever reason rather than just completely avoiding them he took the time to physically assault them,” said Const. Eric Hofley.

He then ran into traffic, damaging a van, stopping traffic, and jumped down from the bridge onto the north bank of the Assiniboine River.

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A Winnipeg Police Forensics Service Unit member happened to see what happened on the bridge and followed the suspect down to the river.

The officer told the suspect he was under arrest, the suspect refused to listen to the officer’s directions so the officer pepper sprayed him.

More police members arrived and that’s when the suspect took out a weapon, pointing it at officers.

The suspect, Alexander Sanderson, eventually dropped the weapon and was taken into custody charged with numerous offences.

Sanderson was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.