Winnipeg police are investigating after four teens were stabbed inside CF Polo Park just before closing on Friday, May 5, 2023.
Sources tell News 4 that a male entered the mall from the Portage Avenue entrance, walked to an area just past the Apple Store where an altercation occurred and the four male teens, three aged 14 and one 13 were stabbed. The suspect then left the mall through the exit facing St. James Street.
Multiple general patrol police units and members of the Tactical Support Team arrived at the mall minutes after the incident occurred. Emergency crews from the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service arrived to provide the victims with medical care. Two of the 14-year-old male victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition. A 14-year-old male and a 13-year-old male were treated at the scene and medically cleared at the scene by paramedics.
Members of the Tactical Support Team located the suspect in the 100 block of Queen Street and placed him under arrest. Police say that the weapon used in the stabbings was recovered in the possession of the suspect.
Investigators say that the suspect had tried to rob one of the victims but when he was unsuccessful he attacked them. Further investigation has linked the suspect to a series of violent attacks during robberies on pizza delivery persons and a number of mischief to property incidents. Police believe that the attacks appear to be random.
A 16-year-old male has been charged for his alleged involvement with four counts of Robbery, Aggravated Assault, five counts of Assault with a weapon, Possession of a Weapon and Mischief Under $5,000/ Obstruct in Enjoyment.
He was detained in custody
The WPS Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate these incidents. Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-8477.
Editor’s Note: Our original story stated two males had been stabbed. The actual number was four stabbed but only two taken to hospital. We updated the story once police issued a release on the incident to the media on Sunday morning