Meth, alcohol suspected in random Main Street hammer attack: Winnipeg police

A Winnipeg Police Service shoulder badge on an officer.
A Winnipeg Police Service shoulder badge on an officer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

A 28-year-old Winnipeg man has been arrested and charged in a seemingly random hammer attack near Higgins Avenue and Main Street on Wednesday evening.

Police said the incident took place around 6 p.m. when a woman who worked at a Main Street business was sitting inside her car and the suspect started attacking her vehicle with a hammer.

When another employee came out to help, the suspect chased both of them back into the building.

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Police said the two employees managed to lock themselves inside the building, but the suspect began smashing windows in an attempt to get inside.

The suspect then hopped on a transit bus, which was stopped by police, who said the man appeared to be under the influence of meth and alcohol.

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No one was injured in the incident, and police did not have estimates of damage to property.

The suspect, who was released on an undertaking, faces two counts of assault with a weapon, two counts of mischief under $5,000 and two breach-related charges.

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