Three men injure elderly Vancouver woman in purse-snatching attempt

Vancouver Courier


An elderly woman was left with a broken hip last week after an attempted purse snatching in Chinatown.

Around 9:30 a.m. on May 22, an 85-year-old woman was walking near Main and Keefer streets when she was elbowed to the ground by a man. After she fell, two other men joined in and tried to steal her purse. The woman held on and the men fled east on Keefer without the purse.

File photo, North Shore News

The woman broke her hip in the fall and is recovering in hospital.

“This woman was just minding her own business and walking down a city street when she was attacked by three men,” media relations officer Const. Steve Addison said in a press release. “Violent crimes are traumatic experiences for everyone, but when one of our community’s most vulnerable is targeted, it strikes a new low.”

Investigators have been looking for witnesses and security video from the neighbourhood, but, so far, have not been able to identify any of the suspects.

Police believe the man who knocked the woman down was white, 40 years old, about 5’10” tall and wearing glasses, a tan hat and a blue shirt. The second man is described as Indigenous, in his 50s, lad long grey hair and was carrying a red Budweiser bag. There is no description available for the third man.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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