Man Who Took 88-Year-Old in Carjacking Caught

(Winnipeg Police Release)

On April 23, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., North District Community Support officers arrested a male suspected of being responsible for a violent carjacking that had occurred on April 20 outside the Health Science Centre. An initial investigation by members of the Major Crimes Unit had lead to a suspect being identified and an arrest warrant issued. Brandon Lee George HUNTER, 25, has been charged with the following offences: - Kidnapping - Robbery - Assault Peace Officer with Weapon x 4 - Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance - Flight While Pursued by Peace Officer - Drive Without Licence The accused was detained in custody. As previously released: On April 20, 2020, at 9:25 a.m., members of the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the Health Sciences Centre after a 59-year-old male reported that he had been robbed of his vehicle while his 88-year-old father had been seated in the passenger seat. The 59-year-old male had been unloading items from his vehicle when a male suspect confronted him and stole the vehicle. Health Sciences Centre security attempted to stop the theft, but the male suspect drove off with the 88-year-old male still in the SUV. Soon after, a General Patrol unit located the stolen SUV travelling on Notre Dame Avenue. When the vehicle came to a stop in traffic, the 88-year-old male was able to escape with minor injuries after falling. He was transported to hospital in stable condition. Other General Patrol units, along with a Central Traffic unit, were utilized to try to stop and contain the vehicle. The stolen vehicle subsequently rammed a police vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued, and a second police vehicle was rammed during the incident. The stolen SUV was later located abandoned in the Daniel McIntyre neighbourhood.

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