January 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Updated: January 12, 2018 5:25 pm

Panhandler threatens driver with knife during attempted robbery at Polo Park intersection

Police arrested a man after he attacked a driver who refused to give him money.

Jordan Pearn / Global News

A 36-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a daytime armed robbery at an intersection near Portage Avenue and St. James Street.

The victim said he was stopped at the red light Monday Jan. 2 around 11:25 a.m. His window was rolled down slightly and a man approached, asking for money.

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The driver declined, at which time the suspect threatened him with a knife, grabbed the window and tried to pull it. The light turned green and the victim drove away without injury to himself or his car.

Const. Tammy Skrabek told Global News the victim did nothing wrong.

“His window was open, it was a good day to have fresh air [but] his window wasn’t open too far, which is a smart thing to do. If you’re going to be in your vehicle and you’re stopped at an intersection, you can see if there’s somebody asking for money,” said Skrabek.

She added that if you’re stopped at an intersection and someone approaches your vehicle brandishing a weapon or uttering threats, you should get out of there as soon as possible.

Skrabek said if it’s safe to do so, running a red light is also an option.

The forensic unit was able to examine the vehicle and obtain fingerprints from the window, which identified the suspect.

He turned out to be the same man arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer leaving work on that same day.

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Jaime Efrain Garcia, 36, was arrested at the Winnipeg Remand Centre Jan. 11 and charged with robbery and failing to comply with probation. He was kept in custody.

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