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Police respond to Spruce Bay home invasion

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

Two men face numerous charges following an early morning home invasion over the weekend in Portage la Prairie.

According to police, local RCMP responded to a call of a home invasion on Spruce Bay at approximately 4:30 a.m.,  March 10. When officers arrived on scene, they came upon two males running from the area, both carrying several weapons. A 23-year-old male from Long Plain First Nation and a 26-year-old male from Portage were arrested and taken into police custody while the investigation continued.

Police believe all parties involved were known to each other, and that the incident stemmed from drug-related activity. Police do not believe there is a risk to the public at this time and are increasing patrols in areas known to have drug activity. The matter is still under investigation at this time, with several charges pending for aggravated assault and multiple firearms offences.

“We are always on patrol throughout the city, but we can’t be everywhere at once,” says Rob Vachon, Portage RCMP detachment commander. “We need help sometimes, and that’s where concerned citizens can lend a hand. If you see something suspicious, call us.”

Investigators located an injured 30-year-old male from Sandy Bay First Nation in the area of the home invasion. The male was transported to hospital for life-threatening injuries, and is now listed as being in serious, but stable condition.

If you have information regarding this incident, or wish to report suspicious activity, please call the Portage la Prairie RCMP at 204-857-4445, or your local police detachment. Anonymous tips can be made through Manitoba Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), at, and by texting TIPMAN (274637) and your message.

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