Sleeping man attacked with drill, say Winnipeg police

Police are searching for a pair of suspects after a man was attacked with a drill in his sleep, they said.

Around 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police were called to an apartment building in the 200 block of Dufferin Avenue, where they found the injuried man, in his 20s, with upper body injuries.

He was taken to hospital in unstable condition, later upgraded to stable.

Police said they believe the victim had been asleep when four suspects broke into the suite and attacked him with a battery-operated drill.

Global News has learned the victim had his cheek drilled into. Police did not confirm that detail.


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The suite was ransacked and several items were stolen.

Police found and arrested two suspects in the apartment building. Two remain at large.

Richard Thomas Poynting, 32, faces charges of breaking and entering to commit robbery and aggravated assault.

Connie Mischel Williams, 31, has been charged with breaking and entering to commit robbery, aggravated assault, and two counts of failing to comply with conditions.

Williams was also processed on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court.

The Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate, and anyone with information on the other two suspects is asked to call police at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

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