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Two face armed robbery charges after man hit in face with hatchet at Winnipeg bus stop

A Winnipeg police vehicle. Shane Gibson/Global News

A Winnipeg man was hit in the face with a hatchet in an armed robbery at a downtown bus shelter Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The incident took place around 1 p.m. at a shelter on Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street. Police said the victim was asked for a cigarette by two unknown men, when one suspect hit him with a hatchet, while the other was armed with a firearm.

The victim was able to run away, police said, and the suspects got on a bus.

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Police were able to identify the suspects with the help of Winnipeg Transit, and both were arrested at Portage and Fort Street after getting off the bus.

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Both weapons were seized, and police said the gun turned out to be an imitation.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with possession of a weapon, assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, and failing to comply with a probation order.

The other suspect, 17, faces similar charges, as well as the use of an imitation firearm during the commission of an indictable offence.

Both are in custody.

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