Police make arrest in serious sexual assault of 12-year-old girl

Winnipeg police have arrested a 36-year-old man in connection with a serious sexual assault on a minor that happened Monday, they said in a release.

Police cadets patrolling the downtown area found a suspect on Wednesday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Winnipeg police officers were called to assist and an arrest was made.

The man has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

The 12-year-old girl was at a bus shelter near Portage Avenue and Main Street on Monday when a man approached her, struck up a conversation and persuaded her to go for a walk with him.

He took her to a building stairwell near Lombard Avenue and Rorie Street, where he seriously sexually assaulted her, police said.

The girl left the area and reported the assault to police.

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