Man with knife subdued with Taser after throwing rocks at police and challenging them to fight

A man with a knife threw rocks at police and challenged them to a fight before being subdued with a Taser Sept. 1.

Thompson RCMP responded to a report of a man with a knife chasing another man near the Norplex Pool around 6 p.m. Sunday. The suspect was located but began throwing rocks at police and then challenged them to a fight. The conducted energy weapon was deployed and the man was arrested. He faces 10 criminal charges, including three counts of assault on a police officer, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, resisting arrest, failure to comply with a court order and multiple weapons offences. He was remanded into custody.

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That call was the second involving a knife that Thompson RCMP responded to in less than 24 hours. Shortly after midnight Sept. 1, police responded to a report of a man being jumped by two men – one carrying a machete – near the intersection of Juniper Drive and Elm Street. The assailants unsuccessfully tried to rob the victim, who wasn’t injured during the attempted mugging.

The men are described as being between 18 and 25 years old, both around six feet tall and both with slim builds. One was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and the other a black hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Thompson RCMP at 204-677-6911 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be submitted online at wwww.manitobacrimestoppers.com.

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