Winnipeg man attempts to run over two people in stolen pickup truck, police say

By News Staff

Police allege a 29-year-old Winnipeg man in a stolen truck tried to run over two bystanders in separate incidents during a crime spree last week that ended with the suspect attempting to set the vehicle on fire.

The Winnipeg Police Service says it received a report Thursday around 5 p.m. that a vehicle had collided with a streetlight, and that one of the two occupants was trying to set its interior on fire before both fled on foot.

Police say the driver then entered a nearby store, accessed a restricted area and stole two employee wallets.

“Before fleeing, he proceeded to discharge a fire extinguisher within the business. No employees or patrons were injured,” WPS said in a news release.

Officers arrested the man after a “short foot pursuit,” they say, and allegedly seized a knife and lighter from him. The female passenger was arrested in an alley on Chancellor Drive “without incident,” according to WPS.

Investigators say the vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up, was stolen from a home in Minnetonka on May 12. Police claim it was involved in two additional incidents during the week, including one earlier that day.

Around 1:25 p.m. that afternoon, police allege the suspect went into a music store and was escorted out by an employee after “handling some equipment.”

“The suspect entered the vehicle and collided with a parked vehicle as he exited the parking spot,” WPS said. “The suspect proceeded to drive at the employee, causing him to shelter behind a pillar to avoid getting struck. The victim suffered no injury, and the suspect fled before police arrived.”

Two days earlier, on Tuesday around 7 a.m., police say the suspect was trespassing inside a sports facility on Portage Avenue when he was escorted out of the building by an employee.

“As the employee was walking back to the entrance, the suspect entered the stolen vehicle and drove at the employee, which required him to jump out of the vehicle’s path, narrowly being hit and avoiding any injury. The suspect fled the area before police arrived,” WPS said.

Eric Ryan Moore is facing more than a dozen charges, including two counts of assault with a weapon, arson, theft, mischief, possession of a weapon, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to comply with a probation order. He was detained in custody.

The 29-year-old passenger in the last incident was charged with arson and possession of property obtained by crime. She was released on an undertaking.

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