Machete-wielding man tries to mount horse statue, bear sprays officers: Winnipeg police

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after police say he tried to climb onto a horse statue in front of P.F Chang's restaurant on St. James Street while armed with a machete. Facebook/P.F. Chang's Winnipeg

Police say officers had to use a Taser to keep a machete-wielding man from getting up on a high horse in front of a Polo Park area restaurant Sunday.

Officers were called to P.F. Chang’s restaurant at 865 St. James St. around 7 p.m. where police say a man armed with a two-foot-long machete was for some reason trying to climb onto one of two large horse statues that sit on either side of the eatery’s front doors.

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In a release Monday, police say the man sprayed bear spray at both responding officers before dismounting the horse and taking off on foot through the parking lot.

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The officers were able to catch up with the suspect, who once again sprayed bear spray at the officers, police say.

The officers say they used a Taser to finally take the man into custody.

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Kevin Andrew Grier-Bruce, 19, is charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, two counts of uttering threats, two counts of possession of a weapon, and two counts of failing to comply with court conditions.

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