A man who thought he was going on a date ended up bound and abandoned after being robbed and severely beaten, according to Winnipeg police.
The victim responded to an online dating ad on December 19 to meet a female at a home in the 300 block of Maryland Street.
He attended shortly after midnight and was met by two females, who demanded money from him once inside the house. The victim refused, stating his impression of the encounter was consensual.
Three males appeared from within the house and also demanded money. The victim refused to pay and was attacked. He smashed a window in the home in an attempt to escape, but was assaulted several times in the upper body with a metal object.
Police say the suspects then bound the man and drove him to his house to rob him of his valuables.
He was driven to another location where the vehicle was abandoned. He was able to let himself out and get help.
Officers arrested five suspects in the 300 block of Maryland Street.
A 33-year-old woman, 27-year-old man, two girls aged 15 and 17, and a 16-year-old boy face numerous charges, including kidnapping and assault.
A 16-year-old girl turned herself in on Wednesday, while a 20-year-old man also arrested and released on a promise to appear.