A 30-year-old man faces charges stemming from an attack where a teen in Winnipeg was allegedly struck in his head with a hammer, leaving him with what police say could be permanent injuries.
Police say it’s believed that the suspect and the 15-year-old boy didn’t know each other and were waiting in a restaurant on May 30 when they began talking.
They allege the suspect then showed the boy a firearm which he had concealed in his backpack.
The boy received his food and began to walk away, police say, at which time they allege the suspect struck him with a hammer causing “catastrophic injuries.”
Police said at the time that the hammer was still embedded in the boy’s head when officers arrived, and they say investigators haven’t identified a motive.
Jerry Robert Kipling of Winnipeg was arrested Sunday and faces charges that include aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
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