'Aggressive shoplifter' leads cops on a violent chase

A man carries his groceries across the parking lot at the Osborne Village Safeway store in Winnipeg...

A man carries his groceries across the parking lot at the Osborne Village Safeway store in Winnipeg on June 21, 2014. A man assaulted a security guard there and later two other men, jumped off a bridge down to a river bank, and then pulled a knife on police officers trying to arrest him in an attempt to escape a shoplifting charge on Friday afternoon. (Kevin King/QMI Agency

Kevin King, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

A 25-year-old Winnipeg man who went to great lengths to avoid being busted for shoplifting at an Osborne Village grocery store on Friday afternoon now faces a multitude of other charges.

Police say the man assaulted three people, damaged a vehicle and pulled a knife on officers before eventually being apprehended.

"Originally it would've been a theft under charge for shoplifting and all of a sudden it quickly escalated to several charges," Const. Eric Hofley, a police spokesman, said Saturday.

At about 2 p.m., police were called to the Safeway store in the 400-block of River Avenue for a report of an "aggressive shoplifter" who assaulted a 65-year-old security guard to make his escape.

The suspect fled north on foot and then assaulted two men -- a 23-year-old and 53-year old -- on the Osborne Street Bridge.

"All three civilians received minor injuries," Hofley said.

The man then ran into traffic, forcing vehicles to stop, before damaging a van, po


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