Winnipeg Police Service
As previously released, on Aug, 11, 2014, shortly before 12:30 p.m. Winnipeg Police Service members responded to a department store in the 1000 block of Empress Street for the report that a male was armed with a knife in the parking lot.
Police units were immediately dispatched and prior to their arrival learned that the suspect male had fled from loss prevention officers to a nearby retail parking lot within the 1300 block of Empress Street. When the five male staff members caught up with the suspect, he began making stabbing motions in their direction with the knife, just before jumping into a passing truck that was being driven by a 56-year-old female.
Officers arrived and met with female victim and the loss prevention officers where it was learned that in the process of the suspect stealing the truck, he assaulted the driver about her upper body, before she managed to exit her vehicle. She received minor injuries.
The suspect male immediately drove the truck in the direction of the group causing them to back away from a duffel bag that he dropped. The suspect exited the truck, grabbed the bag and fled in the stolen vehicle.
At approximately 6 p.m., officers recovered the stolen truck in the rear of the 600 block of Sargent Avenue.
As a result of the continued investigation a suspect was identified and a warrant for arrest was obtained.
On Aug. 13, 2014, after investigators had exhausted all efforts to locate the suspect, the Winnipeg Police Service had requested the public’s assistance in locating Jason Dean Bercier, 35.
On Aug. 13, 2014, investigators received information that the suspect was inside an apartment within the 100 block of Smith Street. An entry warrant was obtained and at approximately 8:40 p.m. officers entered the suite and located the suspect within. Bercier was taken into custody without incident.
As a result of his alleged involvement in this incident, Jason Dean Bercier, 35, of Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:
• Assault with a weapon X10
• Possession of a weapon X2
• Mischief X2 and
• Failing to comply with court orders
Bercier was detained in custody.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to thank the public and members of the media for their assistance in this matter.