Man in wheelchair robbed

A man in a wheelchair was pushed to the ground and struck in the face during a robbery in downtown Kelowna on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Just before 10 a.m. a 36-year-old man, who requires a wheelchair for mobility, had just taken money out from a downtown bank and place it in his back pack.

According to Cst. Kris Clark, it was just 20 minutes later, while in the area of Lake Avenue and Water Street, that the man was approached by an aboriginal woman who was looking for a cigarette.

"While he engaged in conversation with the woman, an unknown man approached from the opposite side and grabbed his backpack. A struggle ensued that resulted in the man falling to the ground from his wheelchair."

The suspects fled with the backpack which was later recovered, but the cash and wallet were missing.

The victim received minor injuries, and made his way to the RCMP detachment to report the robbery.

The female suspect is described as:
    •    Aboriginal
    •    About 5’ tall and 100 lbs
    •    Eyebrow piercing
    •    Wearing a purple jacket

No description of the man is available.

RCMP are looking for the public's assistance in finding the suspects. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Chau at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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