September 10, 2015 3:14 pm
Updated: September 10, 2015 5:27 pm

WATCH: Police make arrest during “Safer Main Street” news conference in Winnipeg

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WATCH: Global cameraman follows police as they leave conference on downtown safety to assist in arrest

WINNIPEG — A news conference to launch a safer Main Street campaign was interrupted by an arrest. Just as the conference got underway, a frantic resident approached the police yelling, “Please help me detain a man who stole from my store. ”

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Police ran from the front of The Northern hotel to meet another police car across the street to arrest an alleged thief, as the cameras followed. Surrounding residents were panicked and worried there was also a stabbing, but no injuries have been reported so far.

Residents have had enough of feeling unsafe on a certain stretch of Main Street.

“We want to make sure everyone here is safe,” Ross Eadie said.

“This starts with the hotels on this taking responsibility of making sure people aren’t drinking too much,” Eadie said.

Over the last few weeks, the number of crimes between the CPR underpass and Selkirk Avenue have spiked. There have been sexual assaults, robberies and illegal drug sales, making people feel uneasy about walking in the area.

On Thursday, an official campaign was launched to help make Main Street a safer place. The Winnipeg police have already increased their presence in the area.

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