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Safety Alert!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hello everyone,

There was an alarming incident late Saturday night in our neighbourhood.

The following is the VPD press release:

Police Search for Bus Stop Bandit
February 2, 2015
Police are searching for a bus stop bandit after two women were robbed at knifepoint late Saturday night.
On January 31st around 11:30 p.m., the two women, aged 25 and 30, were waiting for a bus on Prior Street near Campbell Avenue, when a man armed with a large butcher knife approached from the shadows. He demanded their valuables and took off after obtaining one woman’s bag. He was last seen running westbound on Prior Street.
Although uninjured, both women were extremely shaken up in the robbery.
Police believe that the suspect may have been hanging around the Strathcona Community Garden prior to the attack.
He was described as white, 30 to 40 years-old, 5’10” tall, with an athletic build. He was wearing a black rain jacket and his face was covered with a red bandana.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact the Vancouver Police at (604) 717-3321 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.

We are in close contact with our Neighbourhood Police Office, Constable Graham Edmunds. There is no information about whether the suspect in Saturday night’s incident is the same person involved in the incident we reported about in December (http://strathcona-residents.org/newsletter/safety-alert-dec-18-2014). Nonetheless, they are investigating this case actively.

Constable Edmunds sends the following message:

Residents can go to the VPD website (www.vpd.ca) and sign up for the crime alert service. It’s on the front page right hand side halfway down. You enter your postal code and email then get alerts on crime in your area. Also checking the site for press releases will always give the most accurate information on any crimes of significance in Vancouver rather than relying on the news channels. For now, Stay in pairs if possible if you’re out late at night.

If we have any more information from the police we will report it at tomorrow’s SRA meeting, Wed Feb 4th at 7:15 at the Strathcona Community Centre.

Regards,

Elana

Elana Zysblat
Strathcona Residents Association Executive Council