Vancouver Police are looking for a “bus stop bandit” after two women were robbed at knifepoint late Saturday night.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. when the two women, aged 25 and 30, were waiting for a bus on Prior Street near Campbell Avenue – next to Strathcona Park. Police say a man holding a large butcher knife “approached from the shadows” and demanded their valuables. He ran off westbound on Prior Street with a bag belonging to one of the women.
Before the incident occurred, it is believed the suspect may have been waiting at the Strathcona Community Garden. Both women were not injured in the robbery, but they are said to have been extremely shaken up.
The suspect is described as Caucasian, between the ages of 30 to 40, 5’10” tall and with an athletic build. At the time of the incident, his face was covered with a red bandana and he was wearing a black rain jacket.
This also comes after another incident the week before on the evening of Saturday, January 24 when a 17-year-old boy was assaulted at a bus stop on Hastings and Renfrew streets. The suspect for that incident is described as Caucasian, 40-years-old, 6′ tall and about 220 pounds. He was wearing a black baseball cap, black leather jacket, jeans and black Adidas running shoes.
Police are asking witnesses or anyone who may have information to either incident to call Vancouver Police at 604-717-3321 or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at 1-800-222-8477.
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