Passerby Threatened with Gun After Stopping to Assist Winnipeg Crash Victim

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — A would-be Good Samaritan had a gun pulled on them while trying to help a man who crashed a stolen vehicle into a snowbank in Transcona on Monday.

Police say the passerby arrived on scene on Copeland Street at around 1:30 p.m. and called 911 after the driver said he was frozen and needed help.

As the person was trying to assist, the driver said he would shoot the passerby and tried unsuccessfully to reverse the vehicle. He soon fled on foot.

Police caught up with the suspect in the area of Dugald Road and Murdock Road. He was found with the keys to a vehicle — which had been taken from a Corydon Avenue convenience store parking lot a day earlier — a .22 calibre cartridge and $2,975 in cash.

Officers also found a backpack buried in the snow containing a collapsible baton and a loaded revolver-style .22 calibre handgun with a spent round. A loaded .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle was found hidden in an unlocked vehicle that was parked on private property near the car that had gotten stuck.

Victor Maurice Cobham, 35, of Winnipeg, faces several weapons and drugs offences. He remains in custody.

— Staff


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