Three men fail in attempt to snatch purse from 85-year-old woman in Chinatown

VANCOUVER Police are investigating an attempted daytime robbery in Chinatown that sent a senior to hospital last week, and are asking the public for help in identifying the suspects.

Around 9:30 a.m. on May 22, an 85-year-old woman was walking near Main and Keefer streets when she was elbowed to the ground by a man. After she fell, two other men joined in and attempted to steal her purse. The woman held on, and the men fled east on Keefer Street without the purse.

The senior suffered a broken hip and is recovering in hospital.

“This woman was just minding her own business and walking down a city street when she was attacked by three men,” says Constable Steve Addison. “Violent crimes are traumatic experiences for everyone, but when one of our community’s most vulnerable is targeted, it strikes a new low.”

Detectives from VPD’s Major Crimes Section have been searching for witnesses and security video from the neighbourhood. So far, they have not been able to identify the attackers, and hope someone with information will come forward.

VPD investigators believe the man who knocked the victim down was white, 40 years old, about 5’10” and wearing glasses, a tan hat, and a blue shirt. A second male was Indigenous, in his 50s, carrying a red Budweiser bag, and had long grey hair. There is no description for the third male.

Anyone with information is asked call detectives at 604-717-2541 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.