A 20-year-old Portage la Prairie man has been arrested after recently fleeing from police with items including a loaded firearm.

On March 5, 2019, at approximately 1:40am, Portage la Prairie RCMP attended a local business to arrest 20-year-old Mateo Roulette on outstanding warrants for assault, theft under $5000, and failure to comply with a recognizance. When officers arrived, Roulette attempted to flee the premises with the assistance of a 32-year-old Portage woman. Officers told Roulette he was under arrest and ordered him to stop, but he started to run and drop items from a backpack he was carrying, including a loaded firearm. Officers were eventually able to arrest Roulette and seize the firearm.

Police say that Roulette’s backpack contained numerous items including a machete, a prohibited firearm, various ammunition, prescription drugs that did not belong to him, and multiple cellular phones. When Roulette was searched, officers found more ammunition on his person.

RCMP report that Mateo Roulette has been charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose as well as several firearm-related charges. He is also facing charges of resisting arrest and multiple instances of failure to comply. The female suspect was also arrested and is facing charges of obstruction as well as possession of a controlled substance.