UPDATE: RNC seeks assistance in attempted robbery investigation

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) Criminal Investigation Unit is requesting the assistance of the general public in identifying the person responsible for an attempted robbery on Sunday.


Around 2:25 p.m., RNC officers responded to a complaint of an attempted robbery in the Dominion parking lot on Blackmarsh Road in St. John’s.

A 68-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle when she was approached by another woman who attempted to steal her purse.

The suspect wasn't successful and ran from the area. The victim, who was pulled along the ground, according to the RNC, sustained minor injuries and was treated on the scene by paramedics.

The suspect is described as about five feet, six inches tall, 135 to 140 pounds, with brown ‘untidy hair,’ pale skin and dark ‘sunken’ eyes. She was also described as wearing a pink hoodie with dark black or blue splash pants.

The RNC is asking anyone with information in relation to this crime to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can now provide information anonymously on the N.L. Crime Stoppers website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.





(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating an attack on a woman in a St. John's supermarket parking lot Sunday.

According to the RNC, a woman was physically attacked by an unknown female around 2:25 p.m. as she was walking to her vehicle at Dominion, Blackmarsh Road. The attacker attempted to take the victim’s purse and pulled her along the ground. 

The RNC said the incident was initially reported as a motor vehicle accident but no accident had occurred.

The victim received minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

Organizations: Dominion

Geographic location: St. John's, Blackmarsh Road

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Recent comments

  • Whit Ness
    February 10, 2014 - 22:36

    Why not say what the crook was driving or who she was with? Why not say who interrupted the attempted robbery and saved the lady?

  • jake
    February 10, 2014 - 13:40

    Its okay! RNC says crime is driven by drug trade - no need to be concerned as part of the public! Oh wait - maybe not...

  • MouseAnon
    February 10, 2014 - 11:20

    This is so despicable. I remember there was a time when Newfoundland wasn't so full of skeets.

  • What
    February 10, 2014 - 11:04

    What are the chances this is drug related?? Curiousity gets them started. Then the money runs out. They can't get a job because of drugs then they get desparate, enough to steal a purse in a parking lot. I guess the next step is security guards in the lot. The druggies don't care who they steal from, so seniors beware.

  • Elizabeth
    February 10, 2014 - 08:17

    Attacked by a female in the middle of the afternoon at a crowded supermarket parking lot.....it's bad enough to have to feel nervous at night time, but now this? I won't be taking a purse with me any longer. I have pockets with buttons in my winter jacket. Pretty sad. For seniors, it must be even more terrifying.