Police surround Subway restaurant near University of Winnipeg as theft in progress

A man is under arrest after he caused an uproar and locked himself and staff inside a Subway restaurant across the street from the University of Winnipeg.

Officers stay outside, peering through windows and blocking exits

Police officers and members of the Tactical Support Team wait outside the locked Subway restaurant, keeping an eye on the man inside. (Darren Bernhardt/CBC)

A man caused an uproar and locked himself and staff inside a Subway restaurant across the street from the University of Winnipeg on Tuesday, police say.

As many as a dozen officers stood outside the restaurant, peering in windows, and the crisis negotiations unit arrived to help resolve the situation after police were called around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Police vehicles and an ambulance surround a Subway restaurant at Balmoral Street and Portage Avenue. (Bryce Hoye/CBC)

Subway staff told a CBC reporter that a man, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, entered the restaurant at Portage Avenue and Balmoral Street and became agitated.

He locked the doors with everyone inside and then let staff leave by the back door, they said.

Officers had the restaurant surrounded for more than an hour, putting up police tape around the Portage and Balmoral intersection.

Police stayed posted outside the restaurant into the early afternoon. (Duk Han Lee/CBC)

A man in handcuffs was seen in the back of an ambulance.

Staff said it appears the man trashed the restaurant's office while inside. 

Officers pulled the tape down at about 11:30 a.m. but remained at the scene until shortly before noon.

Officers surround Subway restaurant across from the University of Winnipeg as police say a theft is in progress. 0:37