Quick action saves life of victim in unprovoked machete attack: police
WINNIPEG -- Winnipeg police are crediting the quick action of their own members in saving the life of a man officers found bleeding, early Monday morning.
Investigators believe he had been walking towards downtown when he was attacked with a machete, unprovoked.
Police said officers on patrol at around 4:50 a.m. on Pembina Highway near Dudley Avenue found the man bleeding, apparently in shock.
He was losing a significant amount of blood, prompting police to apply a tourniquet to stem the bleeding.
The victim was taken to hospital in unstable condition.
Emergency personnel commented that the swift actions of the officers very likely saved the victim’s life. His condition has since been upgraded to stable.
The suspects attacked without warning and immediately walked away, police said.
So far no arrests have been announced.
Area resident, worker concerned about attack
A man who didn't want to speak on camera but lives nearby told CTV News he saw police officers near a car dealership and rental business in the area early Monday morning.
A trail of what appears to be dried blood on the sidewalk could be seen near the business Wednesday afternoon.
Area resident Jason Neufeld wasn’t home over the weekend but said he’s concerned about the attack.
"That's aboslutely shocking to me,” said Neufeld. “Stuff like that doesn't happen around here.
"I mean crime's just happening in the middle of the street, for what? You’ve got to think it's trying to get a couple of bucks off a guy and that's the part that I think is the scary part. I mean, yeah, machetes are scary... but just the randomness of it all — I mean you don't know who's going to be next."
It’s not known if the victim was robbed as police were unavailable Wednesday to comment any further on the incident.
Shane O'Connor works nearby but had no idea anything happened. Hearing details of the attack has left him shaken.
"We hadn't heard anything, the police haven't talked to us and it's actually terrifying because that could've been me, right?” said O’Connor. “I work in the area, I'm here all the time. I can't even imagine that."
Officers are looking for two suspects: a male who is Indigenous in appearance, mid-20s with short black hair and a tattoo on his cheek; and a female who is Indigenous in appearance.
Members of the Winnipeg Police Service major crimes unit are investigating. Anyone with information that could help is asked to call 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers.
- With files from CTV's Josh Crabb.