Man holds knife to child’s neck during robbery, say Winnipeg police

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A man has been arrested for several robberies in early September, including one where he allegedly held a knife to a child’s neck before stealing cash.

The robbery spree started Sept. 3 at about 10:15 p.m. said Winnipeg police, when a man, 50, met another man about an iPhone for sale. The pair met outside a business on McGee street and the buyer brought his 9-year-old child along. The seller whipped out a knife, grabbed the kid and held the knife to the child’s neck, said police. He received $100 cash and ran away. The child wasn’t hurt.

The next day at about 8 p.m., the suspect met another man outside the same business, again about an iPhone for sale. The victim was given a phone that wasn’t an iPhone, and the seller again pulled a knife and demanded cash, said police. He was given $400 before running away.

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Two days later, the same scene happened again outside the same business on McGee Street at about 3 p.m. The seller again pulled a knife and robbed the man, 37, outside the store of about $800 before again running away, said police.

On Sept. 12, the suspect pulled the same stunt again, except this time it was inside the victim’s vehicle at about 1:30 p.m., said police. The suspect showed a knife and stole the man’s iPhone and $450 in cash.

None of the victims were hurt.

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Police then arranged to buy something from the seller on Sept. 15. The unsuspecting suspect walked over to an unmarked police car flashing a knife, so police chased him down and arrested him.

Ibraham Baidobola Bangara, 25, faces several charges including four counts of robbery and possession of a weapon.

Winnipeg police remind the public about four buy and sell exchange zones in front of local police stations that are available to use. Some more tips from police:

  • Ask about the history of the item being sold.
  • Ask for a photo of the serial number before meeting and attempt to confirm the item hasn’t been reported stolen.
  • When buying or selling – take screenshots of the advertisement and ID number, the seller’s contact information, and all communications.
  • Check the buyer/seller’s name through an online search engine.
  • Do not give our personal or banking information.
  • Do not meet someone alone.
  • Do not transfer/provide money to the person before receiving the product.
  • Meet during daylight hours, in a public space.
  • Take only enough cash with you to pay for the item being purchased
  • Trust your instincts – if something feels wrong, it probably is.

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