With the help of Winnipeg police’s helicopter, Air 1, police were able to make multiple arrests as 2018 came to a close.On Dec 30, police arrested 33-year old Blaine Lindsey Malcolm of Ebb and Flow First Nation after he allegedly stole a pickup truck.Officers saw the vehicle on Charleswood Road at Rannock Avenue around 11:03 pm. After running the plates, officers discovered that they had been stolen from a different vehicle.Story continues below
READ MORE: Effectiveness of Winnipeg’s Air1 operations to be reviewedWhen police started to follow the truck, however, it immediately sped away.Officers continued their chase and attempted to block the vehicle in the parking lot at Westdale Junior High School, but the driver got onto the sidewalk and got away.Air1 located the vehicle on Brownell Bay, police said, and continued tracking it along Roblin Boulevard, Perimeter Highway as well as Portage Avenue all while it was speeding.READ MORE: Winnipeg police seeking public’s opinion on Air1 chopperThe driver later turned onto Ness Avenue, where officers deployed a tire deflation device — or Stop Stick — in an attempt to stop the vehicle.The vehicle became stuck on Kenaston Boulevard and the driver fled on foot.Air1 tracked the driver as he attempted to hide on the patio of a residential suite, where he was then arrested by ground units.Malcolm has been charged with:Dangerous Operation of a ConveyanceOperation of a Conveyance While ProhibitedPossession of Scheduled Substance – MethamphetaminePossession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/JusticeHe was also processed on outstanding arrest warrants for charges that included:Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000Fail to Attend Court – RecognizanceFail to Comply Probation OrderFail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x3)AssaultMalcolm was detained in custody.
Air 1 videoWinnipeg Police ServiceLater on the evening of Dec. 30, around 11:48 p.m., police saw another stolen vehicle speeding in the area of Arlington Street and Dufferin Avenue.The vehicle had also failed to stop for several red lights and stop signs.Police attempted to follow the vehicle from a distance but dropped back when Air 1 began tracking the vehicle.Officers on the ground deployed the Stop Stick and the stolen vehicle came to a halt in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Worth Street, before the driver fled on foot.Once again, Air 1 tracked the driver and coordinated with ground units and the man was taken into custody.The vehicle was found to have been stolen from the Bridgwater Trails area between the evening of December 24 and the morning of December 25, after the keys to the vehicle were left inside another vehicle that had also been the target of a break-in.Ronto Antonio Baptiste of Winnipeg, 22, has been charged with:Dangerous Operation of a ConveyancePossession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000Fail to Comply with Probation OrderFail to Comply Condition Recognizance by Judge/Justice (x4)Drive suspended/while disqualified (Highway Traffic Act)He was detained in custody.
Air 1 assists in arrestsWinnipeg Police ServiceOn Dec. 31, police received a tip that a suspect wanted for numerous armed robberies was leaving Erin Street.Air 1 quickly got to the area before ground units could arrive and spotted two men leaving in a taxi.The vehicle was tracked to a rear lane between Agnes Street and McGee Street, where officers attempted a traffic stop.One of the passengers immediately fled from the taxi and was tracked by Air 1 as he ran and attempted to evade officers.After maintaining visual contact and coordinating with ground units, the passenger was taken into custody in the area of Portage Avenue and Langside Street.WATCH: Footage from AIR1 shows coyotes on the Kildonan Park Golf Course