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Woman and child pepper-sprayed in parking lot of Winnipeg hospital

A woman and a child were assaulted as they were walking into Concordia Hospital on the weekend.
A woman and a child were assaulted as they were walking into Concordia Hospital on the weekend. File / Global News

A 20-year-old man and 12-year-old boy have been charged after a pair of visitors to Concordia Hospital were assaulted Sunday morning.

Winnipeg police responded to a report of a robbery in the front parking lot of the hospital at around 10:50 a.m. April 8.

Officers said a woman in her 50’s was walking into the hospital with a 5-year-old child when two men suddenly sprayed them with pepper spray. As the woman fell to the ground, the suspects stole her purse.

Witnesses helped the two victims into the hospital where they were treated.

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Patrol officers tracked the suspects to a home nearby.

Brandon Woodhouse was charged with robbery, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of marijuana.

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A 12-year-old was charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Woodhouse, the 20-year-old, was held in custody. The boy was released on a promise to appear.