Man attempted to mug 60-year-old woman in Vernon

Attempted mugging of senior

The Vernon RCMP are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who tried to rob a 60-year-old woman last month. The incident took place on January 28 at about 5:30 p.m. on the corner of 35th Avenue and 34th Street.

The woman had parked her vehicle in the lot near the intersection, and when she approached the building she intended to enter, she found it was locked. As she was leaving, a man grabbed her arm and demanded money. The woman was assaulted in the altercation, but was not injured. The man was unsuccessful in getting the woman's money and he took off with another man through the parking lot.

"The woman was very fortunate to escape injury and was determined to continue on with her evening. It was only upon reflection did she realize the seriousness of the incident and reported it to police the following day," said Corporal Tania Finn, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. "As the investigation is on-going, the woman continues to receive support from the RCMP Victim Services Section – however, the search for the suspect continues."

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, standing between five-foot-six and five-foot-eight. He has a thin, acne-scarred face, a thin pointy nose, bad teeth and a low voice. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark toque with hair sticking down past his ears, a dark puffy jacket and a backpack. There is no description of the second man he escaped with.

The Vernon RCMP asks anyone who has information to contact Constable Kineshanko at 250-545-7171, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip online on their website. If you give information that leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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