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Winnipeg police arrest two men within one hour downtown

Weapons seized, 16 trespassers at vacant North End house. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Winnipeg police arrested two men within one hour of each other in separate incidents – one of which was actually inside Winnipeg Police Service Headquarters.

According to investigators, that man walked into WPS HQ around 5:15 p.m. on Friday and his erratic behaviour caught the attention of officers. Police say the man was punching and kicking doors, hit a panic button and pulled out a knife when police got close to him.

Officers safely arrested the man and believe methamphetamine played a role in the bizarre incident. The 27-year-old male is now facing one weapons charge.

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Shortly after, and not too far away from the downtown police HQ, a 38-year-old man was picked up after allegedly sexually assaulting a 52-year-old woman in a bus shelter on the corner of Garry Street and Portage Avenue.

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Investigators say the man entered the shelter and made a sexual comment to the woman before exposing himself. A passerby called police. Officers arrested the man for assault and sexual assault. The victim and the suspect did not know each other, according to police.

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