WINNIPEG – A man is behind bars following a string of random attacks Tuesday morning in the downtown area.
Winnipeg Police had initially received reports of a three separate attacks, but learned of four more in the days following.
“Once we released that information, we had additional victims come forward,” said Const. Rob Carver.
He added all seven attacks were random and unprovoked.
There were six attacks within 30 minutes of each other – two at River Avenue and Osborne Street, one at Broadway and Edmonton Street, a pair along St. Mary Avenue, and one on York Avenue near Smith Street.
The seventh attack happened about an hour later in the area of Main Street and Pioneer Avenue.
All of the victims, six of whom were women, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
“I suffered a concussion and I’m in a neck brace right now, and trauma – I can’t get the face out of my head,” said one of the victims who did not want to be identified. “He was full of pure rage and anger and hatred and I don’t know why – it was a totally unprovoked attacked.”
Winnipeg Police arrested Michael Ryan Fitzsimmons, 28, on Saturday. He is facing a long list of charges including six counts of Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault With A Weapon.
Fitzsimmons remains in police custody.