Winnipeg police charge 2 teens and 18-year-old with attempted murder in hotel fire

Two teens and an 18-year-old have been charged with attempted murder following a hotel fire on Sunday.

Winnipeg police say around 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, firefighters responded to reports of a fire at a hotel along Portage Avenue. When they arrived, they found a woman unconscious inside a suite.

She was taken to hospital in critical condition and has since been upgraded to stable.

Police identified three people that were believed to be linked to the fire. The first suspect, a 14-year-old, was found near the hotel and was taken into custody.

The other two, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old, were taken in after being found near Livinia Avenue and Isbister Street. WPS also say they found a sawed-off gun when they took the pair into custody.

All three have since been charged with attempted murder and arson with disregard for human life. The 18-year-old and 16-year-old are also facing an unauthorized possession of a firearm charge.

On top of all that, WPS say the 16-year-old has also been charged with identity fraud, four counts of failing to comply with court orders, a warrant for failing to attend court, a warrant for failing to appear in ident, and a warrant for failing to comply in sentence order.

WPS say an investigation is ongoing, and they are trying to determine if the woman found in the hotel room was with the other three before the fire.

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