Vancouver Police Department. (Black Press Media files) Vancouver Police Department. (Black Press Media files)

Woman, 85, breaks hip fending off three would-be Vancouver purse snatchers

A man elbowed her to the ground, and two others joined in trying to wrench her purse away

An elderly woman is in hospital with a broken hip after fending off three would-be purse snatchers in Vancouver’s Chinatown in what police describing as a “new low.”

The 85-year-old woman was walking near Main and Keefer streets around 9:30 a.m. on May 22, police said Wednesday, when a man elbowed her, causing her to fall to the ground. Two other men joined in and tried to steal her purse.

But the woman held on to her bag, and the men fled east on Keefer, empty-handed.

“This woman was just minding her own business and walking down a city street when she was attacked by three men,” Const. Steve Addison said.

The first man is described as Caucasian, about 40 years old, 5’10”, and was wearing glasses, a tan hat and a blue shirt.

A second man is described as Indigenous, in his 50s, with long, grey hair and was carrying a red Budweiser bag.

There is no description available for the third man.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver police or Crime Stoppers.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

LETTER: Money from oil not worth the risk

Agassiz resident Sharon Francis writes about her opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Westbound crash on Highway 1 in Langley causing extreme traffic delays

Collision occured just after Glover Road, cars backed up all the way to 264th Street

Harrison Festival to host viewing of local ‘Still Standing’ episode

Comedian Jonny Harris came to Harrison Hot Springs in January to film part of his TV series

Blowback from the Trudeau in brownface debacle reaches Chilliwack

PM in questionable photos released in the middle of the federal election campaign had ripple effects

‘I just can’t believe it’: Agassiz swimmer brings home six medals from seniors games

Patti Komar won three gold and three silver medals in her first competition in 48 years

VIDEO: Agassiz Fall Fair celebrates 115 years of fair fun

From 4H shows to pie eating contests, the annual fair brought its best to the community this year

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Surrey school district OKs students skipping class for global climate strike

Students must be excused from school by parents; will be able to make up missed work without penalty

Most Read