Machete, pepper spray robberies linked in Vancouver
VANCOUVER – Two robberies in the southwest side of Vancouver have been linked by detectives and police are asking members of the public to be vigilant.
The first attack involved the pepper spraying of three teens who were then robbed as they were walking along the 900-block of West 59 Avenue on Dec. 26 at approximately 11:35 p.m.
“ The suspects stole their belongings and ran off. The two groups had no previous association with each other. The three teens were treated at the scene by B.C. Ambulance for the effects of pepper spray,” said Vancouver Police spokeswoman Const. Anne Longley.
The suspects are described as Asian males, approximately 19 years, 5’8” – 5’9” tall. One was wearing a black bomber jacket.
“The second robbery happened the following day on December 27th around 9:00 p.m. in the area of Columbia Street and West 62nd Avenue,” she said.
“A 21-year-old woman was walking in the 200-block of West 62nd Avenue when her attention was drawn to three young men behind her. The men put on balaclava style ski masks and two of them confronted her while holding machetes,” she said.
The woman fled to a nearby home and called 911.
The suspect match the description of the people involved in the pepper spraying incident.
Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious in regards to these two robberies is asked to call 604-717-3213 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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