Get ready for one intense and wild story. Recently a 20-year-old Winnipeg man was issued 54 charges after one of the most significant local crime sprees ever! This dramatic incident involved a number of stolen vehicles including a police car, a chase, and apparently no regrets.
On June 28, 2019, two men were arrested and are now facing a number of charges after carjacking a Winnipeg police cruiser and injuring one person in the process.
According to CBC, Winnipeg native Terry Johnathon Dutko, 20-year-old, was charged with a whopping number of 54 offences, including aggravated assault, five counts of robbery, motor vehicle theft, evading police, dangerous driving, weapon possession, cocaine possession, breaking and entering, and separate charges of fraud and possession of proceeds from crimes over and under $5,000.
Melville Edwin Sanford, 37-years-old and also from Winnipeg, was charged with three counts of robbery, aggravated assault, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000 and another count for under $5,000.
Police told reporters that what they did was one of the most significant local crime sprees ever to have been reported. So here’s all that went down.
Early Thursday morning, police tracked down a stolen Jeep at a Flying J gas bar in Headingley. According to CBC, two suspects jumped out of the Jeep and carjacked another vehicle from Quebec – pulling out three adults from the car in the process.
As a result, one person was hospitalized with serious injuries, after he tried to retrieve some belongings for his vehicle and was dragged about six metres.
The makeshift Bonnie and Clyde didn’t get far before officers rammed the freshly-stolen car. The two men fled the scene, with Dutko jumping into an empty Winnipeg police cruiser to escape.
During the ordeal, one officer was hit. Sanford was arrested on scene but Dutko got away.
The 20-year-old suspect then made his way down the TransCanada Highway at speeds of up to 200 km/h. Police managed to throw down a spike belt that punctured a tire on the stolen cruiser outside a different Flying J.
Dutko didn’t give up and ran off again – trying to carjack another vehicle from an adult woman. Police managed to arrest him before he could take off again.
Altogether, the pursuit lasted more than 100 km and included a series of Winnipeg police vehicles, the WPS Air1 police helicopter, and RCMP cruisers. The entire incident began at 2:30 AM.
Both Dutko and Sanford were known to police prior to this dramatic chase. Since February 25, 2019, Dutko has already had 28 charges for different incidents.