Family survives attempted robbery near Portage and Main

A young family survived an attempted robbery in downtown Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

Around 6:30 p.m., a man confronted a couple near Portage and Main who were pushing their child in a stroller.

The suspect attacked the father with the blunt end of a hatchet, demanding money, but eventually fled the area empty-handed, Winnipeg police said Wednesday.

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A bystander alerted nearby officers, who tracked the man down and used a stun gun on him.

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The father, who suffered minor injuries, didn’t seek medical care, while the mother and child weren’t hurt in the incident.

Police have charged a 32-year-old suspect with breaching his bail conditions and two counts of robbery.

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