Shoplifter Leads Police on Chase Down Riverbank

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police got the run-around trying to apprehend a shoplifting suspect on Friday afternoon.

Police say a call came in at around 2 p.m. regarding an aggressive shoplifter at a store in the 400 block of River Avenue. A 65-year-old security guard apprehended the man, but was quickly assaulted before the suspect escaped.

The 25-year-old man ran north on the Osborne Street Bridge and assaulted two male pedestrians in the process, causing minor injury to both of them.

He then ran into traffic, causing vehicles to stop and damaging a van in the process before running to the west side of the bridge and down the north bank of the Assiniboine River.

The suspect was then followed by a member of the Winnipeg police forensics unit, who witnessed the incidents on the bridge. After taking out his pepper spray and telling the suspect he was under arrest, the man continued to flee. Officers quickly arrived and the man brandished a weapon to police. He eventually dropped it and was taken into custody.

Alexander Allan Albert Sanderson of Winnipeg is facing multiple charges. He remains in custody.