Preying on the vulnerable

Sleeping man, running woman robbed

Leader staff

From the Slave Lake RCMP come two incidents of robbery of vulnerable people. In both cases the perpetrators remain at large and police don’t know who they are.

Somebody wearing a Calgary Flames hat robbed a man who was sleeping outdoors on March 19. Slave Lake RCMP reported the incident on April 2, asking for help in identifying the culprit.

According to the release from Staff Sgt. John Spaans, the sleeping man woke up to find somebody taking “a large sum of cash” out of his pocket.

This happened “in a wooded area near the pedestrian bridge across from the Canada Post Office,” at about ten in the evening. The victim was also assaulted, Spaans said.

On March 23, a woman who was out running was accosted and robbed by two people. It happened at about 7:00 p.m. in the south -west part of Slave Lake.

“The female suspect jumped the victim from behind, punching (her) in the face and head while demanding (her) cell phone and money,” says the release from Spaans.

The release says the victim handed over her iPod and cash and the pair fled the scene. The female member of the duo is described as five feet four inches tall, about 160 lbs. and wearing a dark hoodie, skinny jeans and sunglasses.

Police urge anyone with information about these incidents to call the RCMP at 780-849-3999.

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