Police seek public’s help in finding downtown Winnipeg attempted mugging suspect

Police are seeking the public’s help in nabbing an attempted robber who brandished a knife while trying to mug a man on Portage Avenue near the University of Winnipeg in late August.On Aug. 26, a 39-year-old man was walking down the 500 block of Portage Avenue just before 8 a.m. when he was approached from behind by another man, who attempted to rob him of his wallet.Story continues below

The suspect then brandished a large knife and ran up to the victim in a threatening manner, police say. The victim was pushed up against a wall and a struggle ensued. The attempted robber fled on foot.The suspect didn’t manage to steal the victim’s wallet. The victim wasn’t injured in the scuffle.READ MORE: Winnipeg couple recovering after attack with ‘sock full of rocks’, hammerMembers of the Winnipeg Police Service’s major crimes unit are requesting the public’s help in identifying a suspect.Police describe the suspect as a man in his 20s, approximately five feet 10 inches tall, with a skinny build and black hair. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark blue pants and a black hat.Police ask anyone with information that might help investigators to contact the major crimes unit at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).WATCH: University criminologist breaks down the high crime rates in Winnipeg