Winnipeg Police Service

On June 14, 2014, shortly before 10:30 p.m., a lone female attended a grocery store in the 500 block of Mountain Avenue where she proceeded to gather an assortment of food products valued at approximately $200. This was observed by the store’s loss prevention officer.

When the female exited the store without paying for the items, the LPO followed outside and attempted to take her into custody. The female suspect produced a knife and struck the LPO in the upper body causing significant injury.

Members of the Winnipeg Police Service were called and the subsequent investigation led to the identification of the female suspect.

On Aug. 11, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m., a 31-year-old female was taken into custody without incident in the area of Midland Street and Saskatchewan Avenue.

As a result of her alleged involvement, Melanie Faith Johnston, 31, of Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

• Robbery
• Assault with a Weapon x 2
• Possession Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
• Utter Threats and
• Fail to comply with Probation Order

Johnston has been detained in custody.