Winnipeg police has confirmed to have arrested 31-year-old Christopher Rutherford on Sunday and charged him with multiple charges including domestic assault due to alleged ‘extreme’ circumstances. According to Const. Jason Michalyshen, the suspect was arrested for forcibly confining his 22-year-old common-law wife in her car, kidnapping her, threatening to kill her and her relatives before deliberately crashing her car into a parked semi, trapping her inside. All of this when, Michalyshen revealed, the man was under a protection order to not have contact with her.
Explaining the crime, Michalyshen revealed that the assault began at New Year’s Day at about 2 a.m. Christopher forced the victim into her car at the 500 block of Portage Avenue after an argument and drove her around before smashing the car into the semi on the corner of Arlington and St. Matthews Avenue. Thereafter, the suspect ran away while leaving the injured victim to be rescued by emergency personnel using the Jaws of Life and taken to hospital, where she is in stable condition.
Police caught the suspect at around 11:40 p.m. and he is now facing charges including attempted murder, two counts of assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats, forcible confinement, kidnapping, overcoming resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle another person, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and five counts of failing to comply with the protection order. Michalyshen stated that “in light of the unique and extreme circumstance the decision was made to make this public,” adding that “domestic-related matters we don’t typically make public…but after speaking with investigators and in light of the charge… we certainly wanted to acknowledge this.”
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