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86-year-old woman 'violently robbed' in West Vancouver

Last Updated Jan 2, 2020 at 4:07 pm PDT

(Source: facebook.com/WestVancouverPolice)
Summary

An 86-year-old woman suffered a fractured shoulder after the alleged assault, which happened as she left a grocery store

A passerby kept the woman company until emergency crews arrived at the intersection of Marine Drive and 11th Street

The alleged assault happened on New Year's day at around 5 p.m. and police are looking for witnesses

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Police are looking for a person who shoved a senior to the ground and stole her purse on New Year’s Day.

The 86-year-old woman suffered a fractured shoulder after the alleged assault, which happened as she left a grocery store around 5 p.m.

A passerby kept the woman company until emergency crews arrived at the intersection of Marine Drive and 11th Street.

“Police made extensive patrols of the area but were unable to locate a suspect. The victim was unable to provide a suspect description, given that they were approached from behind,” says a release from the West Vancouver Police Department. “This is a very unfortunate incident and a rare occurrence in West Vancouver. To assault a senior like this is despicable. Rest assured that we are working diligently to identify a suspect.”

They are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 604-925-7300, quoting file #20-32. Anyone who has information but wishes to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.