Burglar sets house on fire in strange standoff in Winnipeg: Cops

Credits: Edmonton Sun


WINNIPEG — An accused burglar has been charged after a bizarre robbery in which he allegedly set fire to a home after police arrived.

Police, including members of the heavily-armed tactical support team, were called to a break and enter in progress at a home on Simcoe Street in Winnipeg at about 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Cops were looking for an armed suspect and found a man still inside the West End home when they arrived. Police say the man threatened to set fire to the residence and started setting items on fire, causing smoke to billow out a window.

Emergency crews extinguished the fires and police arrested a suspect.

Aaron Hager, 31, is charged with breaking and entering, arson damage to property, mischief under $5,000 and failing to comply with conditions of a recognizance.

He was detained in custody.

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