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New Year’s robbery and stabbing spree sees Winnipeg man, teen arrested

Winnipeg police said a 21-year-old man has been charged with 27 offenses over a two-day span.

It’s 27 examples of how not to start the New Year.

Winnipeg police say they have arrested a man and a 16-year-old girl after a string of robberies, threats and stabbings starting New Year’s Eve and ending Jan. 2.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said it started on Dec. 31 at about 1:20 a.m., where a young man and a teenager robbed and threatened to kill a cab driver on William Avenue and Ellen Street.

The next day, the man robbed and stabbed a cab driver on Elgin Avenue and Gertie Street, leaving the cabbie with minor upper body injuries.

The man then damaged a car on Elgin Avene and threatens to kill the owner after being confronted, before moving on to numerous parked vehicles on Elgin Avenue and Ellen Street. He then stabbed an area resident, leaving him with minor injuries.

Not satisfied, the man then robbed another cab driver on William Avenue and Isabel Street, said Michalyshen, before calling it a night.

On Saturday, police said the pair walked to a convenience store at about 7:30 p.m. on William Avenue and Isabel Street and tried to force a female customer to buy them something. When she refused, they left the area, but not before police caught up to them near Isabel Street and Bannatyne Avenue a little while later.

 “In a very short period of time, (there was) significant victimization,” said Michalyshen Sunday. “Thankfully we’re not talking about serious injuries, but there’s no question, between our cab drivers, the damage to property, the owners of those vehicles being confronted and ultimately a customer at a convenience store… these individuals were active and certainly motivated.”

Kevin Schoffer, 21, has been charged with 27 total offences, including robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. The 16-year-old girl was also charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Both are in custody.

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