Winnipeg teen restrained by customers during convenience store robbery: WPS

By News Staff

A 17-year-old Winnipeg boy was allegedly attempting to rob a Saint Boniface 7-Eleven when two men inside the convenience store restrained him until police arrived.

That’s what the Winnipeg Police Service says happened Friday around 2:30 a.m. on St. Mary’s Road and Niverville Avenue.

Police say the suspect, with his face covered, entered the store with a bear spray canister and demanded money from the 22-year-old employee at the counter. There were two customers inside the store at the time: a 29-year-old man and a 38-year-old man.

“The suspect discharged the canister directly at the 38-year-old patron, who intervened, resulting in a physical struggle,” WPS said in a news release. “The suspect continued discharging the bear spray as a second patron intervened. Both patrons restrained the suspect until police arrived.”

The victims were suffering from the bear spray’s effects, according to police.

A 17-year-old teenager has been charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and failure to comply with a sentence, among other offences. He was detained in custody.

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