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Suspect in Alleged Kidnapping of Manitoba Mother and Child Arrested in Winnipeg

November 26, 2022 5:17 PM | The Canadian Press


By The Canadian Press

Michael Stephen Klimchuk

Police are now looking for Michael Stephen Klimchuk, 62, seen in an undated handout photo, from Winnipeg. (RCMP HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — A suspect police had been seeking in an alleged kidnapping of a Manitoba woman and her two-year-old daughter has been arrested.

RCMP say Michael Stephen Klimchuk, 62, was safely arrested Sunday morning by the Winnipeg Police Service and is now in the custody of RCMP in Portage la Prairie.

Mounties have said the woman was driving with her child near Portage la Prairie late Friday afternoon when she stopped to help a stranger who was allegedly pretending to need help on the side of a road, but she was then ordered to drive to Winnipeg.

Cpl. Julie Courchaine told a news conference on Saturday that police were in the process of issuing an Amber Alert when the woman called to say the suspect had fled the vehicle and she and her daughter were safe in Winnipeg’s Polo Park neighbourhood.

Courchaine said neither the woman nor the child were physically hurt.

RCMP have alleged the incident was connected to another earlier that afternoon where a suspect in a stolen van allegedly rammed a police vehicle in a Portage la Prairie parking lot.

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