Four females have been arrested after two separate assaults happened on Winnipeg transit buses in the past week.
On January 19, 2023, at approximately 10:40 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to Chancellor Drive and Pembina Highway for the report of a female who was assaulted and robbed at knifepoint while waiting for a transit bus.
General Patrol officers from the West District, assisted by a K-9 unit, attended and located an 18-year-old female victim who had sustained upper-body injuries from being assaulted. She was transported to hospital in stable condition and treated for her injuries. The suspects fled on foot after the assault before police arrived.
The Major Crimes Unit assumed the investigation and identified two female suspects.
On January 25, at approximately 11:45 p.m., investigators located both suspects in a residence in the Wedgewood Drive neighbourhood and placed them under arrest without incident.
Through their investigation, investigators learned the suspects approached the victim as she was waiting for a transit bus when they physically assaulted her in an unprovoked manner and robbed her of her wallet and cellular phone. A knife was brandished by one of the suspects during the incident. The wallet was recovered nearby by K-9 members and returned to the victim.
Investigators also linked the suspects to a strongarm robbery on November 2, 2022, at a bus stop in the 2000 block of Pembina Highway. In this incident, it was learned the suspects robbed a 30-year-old victim of her purse at knifepoint and later used her debit card to purchase merchandise. The victim was uninjured.
An 18-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:
- Robbery x 2
- Use of Credit Card
A 19-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:
- Robbery x 2
- Possession of a Weapon
- Use of Credit Card
Both suspects were released on Undertakings as mandated by the Criminal Code.
Assault on a Bus involving Intoxication
On January 24, 2023, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service responded to the area of Dakota Street and Paddington Road for the report of an intoxicated female assaulting passengers and the operator of a transit bus.
General Patrol members from the East District attended to the stopped bus at John Forsyth Road and Ashford Drive, with the operator and passengers standing outside. Officers entered and located two adult females inside the bus engaged in a fight. The suspects continued to engage in a physical altercation, and a Conductive Energy Weapon (Taser) was required during the incident.
Through their investigation, officers learned that one of the suspects boarded the bus in the area of St. Mary’s Road and Vivian Street and became verbally abusive and aggressive with several passengers. The suspect began to assault a 15-year-old female passenger; however, passengers intervened. The suspect also physically assaulted the 28-year-old transit operator during the incident. The operator stopped the bus at John Forsyth Road and Ashford Drive, where he and some of the passengers safely disembarked.
Investigators also learned the suspect and a female passenger remained on board and engaged in a verbal argument which escalated when the passenger physically assaulted the suspect. When officers boarded the bus, the passenger failed to comply with verbal directions to stop the assault, and officers deployed a Taser to place her under arrest safely.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
A 21-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:
- Assault x 2
- Mischief Under $5,000/Obstruct in Enjoyment
A 24-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:
Both were released on Undertakings as mandated by the Criminal Code.