Vancouver Police seek help to identify suspects in robbery of senior

Coleton Reid Szalay,

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Robbery suspect

VANCOUVER Police Department on Thursday released photos of two suspects in the robbery of a Vancouver senior, and are requesting assistance from the public to identify the suspects.

VPD investigators believe the two men were in the area of Commercial Drive and North Grandview Highway around 4 p.m. on April 28, when a 77-year-old man was knocked to the ground and robbed.

“This appears to be a violent and targeted attack on a vulnerable member of our community,” said Constable Steve Addison. “We would like these men to come forward, or for anyone who knows them to contact police, so we can talk about what happened.”

VPD believes two men followed the victim into a payday loan store about three blocks north of the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station, and watched him obtain several hundred dollars cash. The suspects allegedly followed the senior into a grocery store, pretended to shop, and knocked him to the ground after he left.

Robbery suspect

The suspects ran away with the senior’s wallet, cash, and identification. The victim had non-life-threatening injuries.

“We would like the people responsible for this crime to do the right thing and turn themselves in,” said Addison.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver Police at 604-717-2541. Anonymous reports can be made to 1-800-222-8477.