Chilliwack RCMP are looking for a suspect after an 85-year-old woman was pepper sprayed and shoved to the ground by a robber who made off with her purse Saturday.
The woman, who was attacked around 11:30 a.m. outside a residence in the 45000 block of Patten Avenue, sustained minor injuries but is recovering, Chilliwack RCMP Const. Cynthia Kershaw said Wednesday. "Robberies and crimes against people are always taken seriously by police," Kershaw said in a release, "but when it involves the abuse of a senior citizen it makes it difficult to understand why someone would commit a crime such as this."
While the victim was pepper sprayed she was able to identify her attacker.
The suspect is described as a five-foot-seven-inch Caucasian man in his 40s with short brown hair and a medium build. He may have been wearing a short-sleeved shirt and plaid shorts.
After robbing the woman, the attacker drove off in a newer model, light-coloured or beige Kia-possibly a Kia Soul.
Kershaw said the RCMP were working hard to investigate the crime.
"We are certainly following up on quite a few leads," she said.
. Anyone who observed the incident or anyone with information about the crime can contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604 792-4611, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
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