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Winnipeg man steals, crashes ambulance before swinging axe at homeowner, police allege

Winnipeg police say a man is facing charges after he stole an ambulance Wednesday. Elisha Dacey/Global News

A Winnipeg man is facing charges after police say he stole and subsequently crashed an ambulance before going on to swing a stolen axe at a homeowner.

Police were called to the Health Sciences Centre around 2 p.m. Wednesday after a man took off in an ambulance that had been parked in a loading area.

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They say the man had approached paramedics outside the ambulance, asking for help, before rushing through the back doors and into the driver’s seat.

The suspect drove to a parking lot in the 1500 block of Wall Street where he crashed into a parked car and abandoned the emergency vehicle, police say.

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Police say the man then fled on foot into the nearby neighbourhood, breaking windows of homes in the 1300 block of Downing Street and stealing an axe from a yard.

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When he was confronted by a homeowner, police say the suspect took a swing at the man with the axe, but missed.

Officers eventually found the man, still armed with the axe, in a nearby backyard.

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Police say no one was physically injured.

A 34-year-old man is facing a list of charges including theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of mischief under $5,000, and assault with a weapon.

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Police haven’t said what motivated the incidents or whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

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The man remains in police custody.

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