Advertisement

Teen gets maximum sentence for violent robbery at Winnipeg liquor mart

Click to play video 'Youth receives maximum sentence in brutal Manitoba liquor mart robbery' Youth receives maximum sentence in brutal Manitoba liquor mart robbery
The surveillance video shocked the province, and the violent robbery led Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to install secure entrances on some of its stores. As Global's Joe Scarpelli reports, the unnamed 15-year-old learned his fate today – May 26, 2020

A Winnipeg teen has been given the maximum youth sentence for his role in a violent robbery at a liquor store last November that sent a young cashier to hospital after she was punched in the face.

The 15-year-old, who can’t be named due to his age, was sentenced to three years on Tuesday, but a credit for time served will leave him with roughly 27 months left on his sentence.

READ MORE: Liquor Mart customer says thieves came in ‘screaming their heads off … You want to get stabbed?’

The teen’s conviction on charges of robbery, assault, uttering threats and mischief to property come after a violent midday robbery at the Tyndall Park Liquor Mart on Nov. 20.

Winnipeggers were shocked when surveillance video of the incident showed up on social media.

Story continues below advertisement

The video, which was obtained by Global News, shows teen boys pushing and fighting with security and liquor mart staff at the store. At one point, one of the teens punches a female clerk in the face in what appears to be an unprovoked attack.

Click to play video 'Thieves assault Tyndall Park Liquor Mart employees' Thieves assault Tyndall Park Liquor Mart employees
Thieves assault Tyndall Park Liquor Mart employees – Nov 21, 2019

The young woman was sent to hospital with head injuries and later spoke about the ordeal in a video posted to her Facebook page.

Randi Chase said she was just 10 minutes into her shift when armed suspects charged into the store.

“All of a sudden, just chaos,” she said of watching one suspect armed with a large knife walk past where she was standing behind the till before another rushed up, demanding cash.

Story continues below advertisement

“I just froze — I was so scared … I couldn’t even attempt to give him the money in the register … I just didn’t know what to do.

READ MORE: ‘I just froze’ — Manitoba Liquor Mart employee assaulted during robbery speaks out

“It happened so fast … I still can’t make any sense of it.”

The violent robbery led Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to begin installing secure entrances at some liquor stores.

10 victims in total

At the time, police said that after robbing the liquor store, the group of male suspects went on a rampage through the mall attached to the store, allegedly attempting to rob another store and assaulting an employee there, too.

They then tried to carjack a woman’s car and steal two women’s purses, threatening them with liquor bottles, police said.

The 15-year-old was arrested at the scene after a group of bystanders held him for police and two others, a 17-year-old male and a 21-year-old man, were also later arrested by police

READ MORE: Winnipeg Liquor Mart to close after brutal assault of employees; ‘secure’ entrance to be built

Story continues below advertisement

During the teen’s trial, court heard there were a total of 10 victims that day.

The Crown had asked the judge to sentence the teen to a maximum three-year youth sentence with no credit for time served, while the defence wanted a 12- to 18-month sentence with credit for time served.

Click to play video 'Tyndall Park Liquor Mart re-opens with secure entrance way following assault' Tyndall Park Liquor Mart re-opens with secure entrance way following assault
Tyndall Park Liquor Mart re-opens with secure entrance way following assault – Nov 27, 2019

At Tuesday’s sentencing, Judge Dale Schille decided the teen should serve roughly one-third — about nine months — of his remaining sentence in secure custody provided he seeks treatment for substance abuse issues.

READ MORE: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries says there’s no ‘magic bullet’ to stop liquor thefts

If he does, the teen will then serve the rest of his sentence under community supervision, according to the judge’s ruling.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video '‘Unprovoked assault’ leaves three Liquor Mart employees injured in Winnipeg' ‘Unprovoked assault’ leaves three Liquor Mart employees injured in Winnipeg
‘Unprovoked assault’ leaves three Liquor Mart employees injured in Winnipeg – Nov 20, 2019

— With files from Joe Scarpelli

Sponsored content