Woman mugged in view of major commuter roadway

A man on a mountain bike mugged a woman for her cellphone this morning at a bus stop on Vernon Avenue.

A man on a mountain bike mugged a woman for her cellphone this morning at a bus stop a few blocks from the Saanich police station.

Saanich police say a woman was waiting at the bus stop of the northbound lane of Vernon Avenue in the 800 block and a male approached her at 6:13 a.m. He produced an undisclosed weapon and demanded the woman’s wallet.

She told the man she didn’t have a wallet and pushed him away, police say. She then ran away but fell, dropping her cellphone. Threatening with his weapon, he demanded her wallet again, she again insisted she had no wallet, so he took the cellphone and rode away on his bike.

The suspect was last seen entering the parking lot at 880 Vernon Ave. Police say the woman tried to flag down passing drivers, but nobody stopped. She called police from a restaurant at the Saanich Plaza across the road.

The suspect couldn’t be found. He is desribed as white, about 35, average build, small dark eyes, stubble and a broad nose. The suspect wore a tan coloured trench coat, dark cargo pants, dark shoes and was riding a dark coloured mountain bike.

Saanich police major crimes unit is investigating this case. Police are seeking the public’s assistance with anyone living in the Uptown or Saanich Plaza area or commuting, between 6 and 6:30 a.m. today, who may have witnessed the incident or the suspect before or after the robbery.

Anyone with information can call the Saanich Police tip line at 250-475-4356.

editor@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich Fire celebrates 100th anniversary with party

Simulations, prizes, cake and more at No. 1 hall

Victoria Foundation thrilled to see sun shine on B.C.’s philanthropists, builders

Province declares September ‘Community Foundations Month’

100 art pieces donated for fundraiser supporting refugee family new to Victoria

Saanich fundraiser will see every participant go home with a new piece of art

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Central Saanich strawberry farmer reports bumper crop

Strawberry season could last well into October

VIDEO: Greater Victoria, here’s the news you missed this weekend

Tragic bus crash, Pacific FC win and Terry Fox runs

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Scheer makes quick campaign stop in Comox

Conservative leader highlights tax promises early in campaign

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Most Read