Kidnapping and robbery victims face drug charges

Winnipeg Police

Three people who were the victims of an armed robbery and kidnapping earlier this month now face numerous drug charges.

On Monday, Jan. 4 at about 8 p.m., armed men forced their way into a home on Lou Peltier Crescent, demanding money and property. Over a three-hour period, they assaulted the occupants — a 30-year-old woman, 59-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man — and would not let them leave the home.

The suspects stole property, including the homeowners’ Toyota Rav4. Police soon found two suspects driving the stolen vehicle in the 1300 block of Concordia Avenue. They arrested the men and took them into custody.

Henok Kebede Yihdeg, 18,  and Hamza Masabo, 20, were charged with a long list of offences for their alleged involvement. These charges include armed robbery using a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of a firearm, kidnapping, forcible confinement, uttering threats and assault causing bodily harm.

Both men remain in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Police retrieved the following items from the SUV they say were stolen during the robbery:

  • Four kilograms of cocaine (estimated street value of $240,000)
  • 430 grams of marihuana (estimated street value of $6,450)
  • 21 grams of methamphetamine (estimated street value of $3,150)
  • 220 grams of a cutting agent
  • A cocaine press

On Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, police arrested the two women and one man who were assaulted during the robbery. The three victims have been charged with weapon possession, possession of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The 36-year-old man remains in custody; the two women were released on a promise to appear in court.

Police confirmed that both the homeowners and the intruders are gang associates.

The same home was in the news in 2011 after three people were hurt during a drive-by shooting, which investigators believe was tied to a rivalry between two street gangs. No arrests were ever made in the 2011 incident.

— MyToba News


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