WINNIPEG — A tow truck operator was forced to drive a man who threatened to shoot him once he hopped into the passenger seat on Sunday night.
Police say it was just one part of the suspect’s evening, which began at around 9:20 p.m. in the 900 block of Archibald Street.
Officers responded to a convenience store where the suspect appeared disoriented and assaulted two employees behind the counter.
He tried to pull one of them into a bathroom, but when he couldn’t, ended up locking himself inside with a metal rod.
One of the employees suffered injuries during the ordeal.
The man then left the store and smashed a window of a vehicle in a nearby parking lot. He then walked to Archibald Street near Elizabeth Avenue and threw the metal rod at a passing vehicle.
As he stood in the middle of the road, a southbound tow truck slowed down to try and avoid him. The suspect jumped in and told the driver to keep going or he would shoot him.
Police caught up with the carjacked tow truck on Fermor Avenue near Archibald Street. The driver slammed on the brakes and fled while the truck was still moving. He suffered minor injuries and was treated in hospital.
The suspect hopped into the driver’s seat and continued eastbound on Fermor Avenue while driving erratically. The truck was eventually stopped on Highway 1 just east of Lagimodiere Boulevard.
Charles Raymond Holke, 40, of Winnipeg, faces numerous charges and remains in custody.