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Nanaimo RCMP search for suspects in two vicious attacks on women

Apr 14 2012

Nanaimo RCMP is still looking for the culprits who carried out vicious attacks on women in two separate incidents in as many weeks.

On Monday around 10:45 p.m., a 78-year-old woman was walking home from Bingo on Selby Street when a man ran up from behind and tried to snatch her purse, said RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

She resisted and in doing so, fell to the ground and dislocated her finger.

The man ran off down Albert Street without the purse. A police dog team attended the scene but could not find the man. He is described as tall and slim, between 25 and 30-years-old wearing a grey work-style vest with orange trim.

One March 27, a 19-year-old woman was walking to work on Highland Boulevard around 3:15 a.m. when she was punched in the face by a man, who then demanded her valuables, O’Brien said.

She gave him her Nintendo Gameboy and a Future Shop/Best Buy gift card. The man ran west across the highway and police dogs were not able to track him.

The man is described as First Nations, five-foot-three with a slim build. The witness said he had a pock-marked face and was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information on the two incidents should call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).