A 21-year-old man from Long Plain First Nation faces numerous charges following an incident last week in Portage la Prairie.
On June 30, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Portage la Prairie RCMP received a call that a female from Portage had been threatened with bear spray. Officers attended and spoke with the victim but police say she was not cooperative in giving any information about the incident.
The next day, officers were following up with the victim and police learned that the suspect that had threatened the female the day prior, had broken into the residence and assaulted her. RCMP received a call later that evening that the victim was walking near Saskatchewan Avenue West and 12th Street SW, when the suspect pulled up in a car and told the female to get in or she would get bear sprayed.
Police say the female climbed into the vehicle and they drove off but officers located the car the suspect was driving, which was stolen just a short time earlier, and initiated a traffic stop.
The vehicle stopped for a short period of time and the victim was able to exit but the suspect then sped off from police. Police pursued the vehicle but lost sight of it near Dakota Tipi First Nation.
In the early hours of July 2, officers were able to locate and arrest the 21-year-old male suspect from Long Plain First Nation. The man is facing charges of assault with a weapon, break and entering, mischief under $5,000, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession of prohibited or restricted weapon, assault, possession of a weapon when knowing possession is unauthorized, theft of car, flight from police, resist peace officer, two counts of weapons possession contrary to order and failing to surrender authorization.
The suspect was remanded into custody.