Student assaulted and robbed while jogging at Pacific Spirit Park near UBC

Jan 28 2021, 5:28 pm

A student was assaulted and robbed while out for an afternoon jog at Pacific Spirit Park, located near the UBC Vancouver campus.

According to RCMP, the student was running on the Lily of the Valley Trail in the park around noon on January 27 when she was struck without warning by an unknown man who fled with her cell phone.

Police say the suspect is Caucasian, in his mid-to-late 30s, 6 feet tall, with a burly build and brown eyes.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark-coloured toque, green jacket, black pants and black sports sunglasses.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital later that day.

In a statement, police said they want to remind the public to be “aware of their surroundings at all times.”

“If you are jogging or walking with ear buds, keep the music volume low, if possible, exercise in pairs or in populated areas,” said Cst. Christina Martin with University RCMP.

“Also, let someone know your route and when you’re going (or share your GPS) and be aware of noises and of others around you.”

Anyone who was in the park Wednesday afternoon with information about this incident is asked to call University RCMP at 604-224-1322.

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