Manitoba RCMP are reporting that a 39-year-old Winnipeg man has been arrested and charged in connection to a recent vandalism incident that occurred at the Winnipeg Water Treatment Plant, located on Provincial Road 207, in the RM of Springfield.

Earlier this month, RCMP officers from Oakbank, Red River North and Selkirk, responded to a report of a break and enter at the Winnipeg Water Treatment Plant. Officers were advised that an unknown male suspect entered the yard, climbed into an excavator and began to damage vehicles and buildings.

Upon arrival at the scene, RCMP observed numerous damaged vehicles in the parking lot and witnessed the excavator causing damage to a building. Officers approached the excavator and climbed aboard, ordering the male operator to stop the machine. He refused and a demand was made a second time, with which he complied.

Police say that the suspect resisted arrest and assaulted the officers while being taken into custody.

RCMP report that 39-year-old Aaron Michael Yarema, from Winnipeg, was remanded into custody on numerous charges related to this incident. Charges included theft of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.