Man arrested after ‘unprovoked’ hammer attacks sends 2 to hospital in Winnipeg

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One man is in custody and two men were rushed to hospital with severe head injuries after what police called unprovoked hammer attacks.

Officials say on Saturday afternoon around 3:10 p.m., Winnipeg police were called to an assault downtown near the Millennium Library at Donald Street and Portage Avenue.

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As officers made their way to the intersection, they came upon a second victim who had been attacked at the bus shack at Donald Street and Graham Avenue.

Police say both victims had been attacked by a suspect armed with a hammer.

The first victim was a man in his 50s.

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He was located in the Millennium Library park suffering from severe head injuries and rushed to hospital in unstable condition.

The second victim, a man in his 60s, was taken to hospital in critical condition with severe head injuries.

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Both victims remain in hospital Sunday in stable condition.

According to police, the victims did not know the attacker and the assaults were unprovoked.

Around 5:10 p.m. officers found and arrested the suspect at Graham Avenue and Edmonton Street.

Eric Michael Robert Oksasikewiyin, 28, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of possessing a weapon and mischief under $5,000.