THE New Westminster Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two suspects in an armed robbery and assault on the corner of Clarkson Street and McKenzie Street on Monday, July 11 at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Police were called to the scene after a group of three people were approached by two people with firearms. One suspect pointed a firearm at one of the victims and struck him in the face before taking the victim’s bag.
As the suspects walked away from the group with the victim’s bag, they pointed their firearms at another person who was walking down the street and asked this person what valuables they had on them.
The suspects left the area westbound towards Begbie Street. The victim who was assaulted was transported to a local hospital.
The first suspect is described as a white male, 30-40 years old, with a stocky build, standing approximately 5’9” tall, wearing a black puffer style jacket, jeans and a black hat.
The second suspect is described as a while female, 25-35 years old, with a stocky build, standing approximately 5’6” tall, with blonde or red hair, wearing dark eye makeup and black clothes and carrying a green purse.
“The behaviour of these suspects is extremely concerning for police,” said Sgt. Justine Thom. “It is believed the suspects and victims are not known to each other.”
The victims have been offered the services of the Victim Assistance Unit.
Police are canvassing the area for CCTV footage of the suspects and are requesting businesses and residents in the area to reach out to them if they have footage of this area from the evening of July 11.
If you have video footage to share or if you recognize the description of these suspects, you are requested to call 604-525-5411.