Ottawa: Robbery of an elderly female


The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit and Crime Stoppers are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for a robbery of an elderly female.

On May 8, 2014, at approximately 2:10 pm, an elderly female, age 87, was walking in the area of Prince Charles/Saville Row when she was approached from behind by an unknown male. The male threw the victim to the ground and stole her purse.   The suspect then fled on foot, last seen running northbound on Saville Row and to then turn onto Black Friars Rd. The victim was transported to hospital, and remains in hospital, having suffered a fractured arm.

The suspect in this case is described as a Caucasian male, 20-40 years of age, black wavy or curly hair, and he wore a black jacket.

The Robbery Unit is investigating the potential link to a purse snatching that occurred on May 7, 2014, at approximately 3:15 pm. On that date, an elderly female, age 104, had been walking along a pathway in the area of Cleary Ave/Richmond Rd when she was brushed by a male cyclist who rode past her. It was not realized until a short time later that the suspect had grabbed and made off with her purse. The cyclist was described as a Caucasian male, in his 40’s. There were no injuries in this incident.

Anyone with information with respect to either of these incidents, or any other robbery, is asked to contact the Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS).You can follow us on facebook, youtube and twitter. Remember Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, we will not record your call and you are not required to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or a charge, you could qualify for a cash reward of up to $2000.


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