Winnipeg Man Forced to Inhale Meth During Violent Kidnapping

Winnipeg Man Forced to Inhale Meth During Violent Kidnapping

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — A 32-year-old man was kidnapped, bound, beaten, robbed, forced to inhale methamphetamine and threatened at gunpoint to give up his banking information.

Winnipeg police say the victim called them from the hospital on June 9, saying he was attacked the previous night while walking in the area of Sargent Avenue and Victor Street.

An unknown vehicle came to a screeching halt beside him and two men jumped out. The victim was hit in the head, pulled into the van and had his hands bound. His wallet, money, bank card and cell phone were also taken.

Police say the victim was driven to the 500 block of Spence Street and taken to an upper-level room where the assault continued. The attackers demanded his PIN number and a dark garbage bag was placed over his head, forcing him to breathe in meth while a knife was held to his throat. The man was then hanged out of a window, burned with cigarettes and threatened at gunpoint as the suspects still tried to obtain his PIN.

The victim was left overnight and the suspects fled in the morning. The man was able to escape and treated in hospital for his injuries.

Police executed a search warrant at the home on June 11 and found items related to the kidnapping and assault. Video surveillance in the area was helpful in identifying at least two suspects. They were arrested on August 11 and September 18.

Charged are Boniface John Mason, 20, and Preston Anthony Kakegamic, 29. Both men are from Winnipeg and face numerous charges, including kidnapping, assault, robbery, forcible confinement, administering a noxious substance, and firearms-related offences.

Both suspects remain in custody.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact police at (204) 986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at (204) 786-TIPS (8477).

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