Man wanted in connection with ‘random’ abduction of woman, presumed toddler in Winnipeg: RCMP

Manitoba RCMP are looking for a man they say was involved in what they called the “random” kidnapping of a toddler and a 25-year-old woman on Friday after she stopped to help a man on the side of the road who seemed to be in distress.

Both the woman and the toddler are now safe, but police are looking for Michael Klimchuk, 62, the suspect in the kidnapping.

At a press conference on Saturday afternoon, RCMP described a series of events leading up to the kidnapping.

At around 4:30 p.m. Friday, RCMP responded to a report of a man taking drugs and behaving erratically in the parking lot of a hotel in Portage la Prairie, about 53 miles west of Winnipeg.

The man spoke briefly with officers before putting his vehicle in reverse and ram into a police car.

He then drove the vehicle forward, apparently trying to hit the officers, before backing into the police vehicle and eventually driving away, RCMP said.

They gave chase to the vehicle — a van they found had been stolen in Winnipeg — but stopped after the driver used dangerous tactics such as driving into oncoming traffic, police said.

At some point, the man left the vehicle, police say.

At that point, the 25-year-old woman pulled up on the side of the road at Portage la Prairie to help the man, who appeared to be in medical distress.

He basically pretended to be in medical distress. He got into her vehicle and demanded she take him to Winnipeg.

The woman and the kidnapper did not know each other, RCMP said.

Police say RCMP heard about 5:20 p.m. from an 911 call from someone who lived east of Portage la Prairie. A male and female voice could be heard before the call was disconnected.

Officers went to the home where the call came from, where they learned that a 25-year-old woman and her two-year-old child had been kidnapped.

Their vehicle was also seized and officers found the suspect’s van nearby.

Information provided to police led them to believe that the man was headed for Winnipeg, and a search began involving the RCMP and Winnipeg Police Department, including RCMP Air Services and the Winnipeg Police Helicopter.

At around 6:30 p.m., the kidnapped woman contacted police and told them she and her two-year-old daughter were safe in the Polo Park area of ​​Winnipeg. The man who kidnapped them had fled the vehicle, she told police.

“This was an extremely difficult situation and we want to acknowledge the victim who did everything she could to protect herself and her child,” said RCMP media relations officer Sgt. That’s what Julie Courchene said at Saturday’s press conference.

RCMP said an Amber Alert was created and sent when the woman contacted police.

They have now identified Klimchuk, from Winnipeg, as the suspect in the kidnapping, saying they believe he is still in the Winnipeg area.

Courchene said Klimchuk is known to the police.

He is 5ft 7in tall and weighs 220lb, has long brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a camo jacket and light-colored pants.

He is wanted on several charges, including two counts of kidnapping and forcible confinement, three counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon, and possession of stolen property in excess of $5,000.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to call local police immediately.

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