Suspect Tasered After Trying to Slash Two Police Officers

September 20, 2016 12:07 PM | News

Winnipeg Police CrestWinnipeg police had to Taser a man on Monday after he tried to slash them in the 400 block of Young Street.

The man was a suspect wanted in two armed robberies on September 11 and another earlier in the day on Monday.

Police say in the first incident, the man left a convenience store in the 800 block of Ellice Avenue after refusing to pay for his merchandise. He threatened an employee with a knife and fled with the items.

On Monday afternoon, the same suspect was looking at a smartphone at a pawn shop in the 600 block of Ellice Avenue when he refused to pay. He again threatened an employee with a knife and ran off with the phone.

No injuries were reported in either of the robberies.

Police caught up with the man at around 6:30 p.m. and took him into custody. Neither officer was injured in the attempting slashing.

Charles Wilfred Thompson, 38, of Winnipeg has been charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, obstructing a peace officer, two counts of robbery, and two counts of carrying a concealed weapon.

Thompson remains in custody.