Winnipeg police have arrested a man accused of robbing several people of cash and electronics earlier this month.
The robberies happened in the city’s West End, including one in which a child was threatened.
On Sept 3, at 10:15 pm, a 50-year-old man responded to an online ad about an iPhone for sale. He agreed to meet the seller outside a business on McGee Street. The buyer brought his 9-year-old child along and was confronted by the suspect who produced a knife and demanded cash. During the robbery the suspect grabbed the 9-year-old and held the knife to the boy’s neck. The victim handed over $100 cash and the suspect fled.
The next day at about 8 p.m., a 43-year-old man responded to an online ad regarding an iPhone for sale. He agreed to meet the seller outside the same business on McGee Street. The man was handed a phone which was not an iPhone. The seller then pulled out a knife and robbed the man of $400 before running away.
On Sept 6, at 3:00 p.m., a 37-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint outside the business on McGee Street after responding to an online ad for a cell phone. The suspect got $800 cash.
On Sept 12, at 1:30 p.m., another robbery took place outside the business on McGee Street. A 59-year-old man met the seller who produced a knife then took an iPhone and $450 cash before fleeing.
None of the victims were injured.
After an investigation by police, on Sept 15, undercover officers arranged to make a purchase from the seller. The suspect approached an unmarked vehicle while armed with a knife and after a short foot pursuit he was taken into custody
Ibraham Baidobola Bangura, 25-years-old, of Winnipeg has been charged with:
• Fail to Comply Condition Recognizance
• Possession of a Weapon
• Robbery X4
The Winnipeg Police Service is reminding the public about buy and sell exchange zones located at all four of the city’s main police stations.