Elderly man seriously injured during street robbery

KELOWNA - Police need help finding the person who threw an elderly man to the ground during a street robbery, causing him serious injuries.

The alleged incident happened in the parking lot of the Coast Capri Hotel at 1171 Harvey Avenue, Oct. 5 at 9:15 p.m. Police were told an 82-year-old man was walking to his vehicle when he was pushed to the ground by another man, according to an RCMP media release. The elderly man dropped his keys when he hit the ground and the suspect took off in his car, a white Toyota Matrix, B.C. licence plate 009 ENL. RCMP believe the car may be in a rural area near Coldstream but it hasn't been recovered yet.

Mounties say a woman driving a red car apparently stopped to check on the elderly man but left the scene before speaking with officers. The elderly man suffered serious, non-life-threatening injuries during the fall and was treated at hospital. 

The suspect is described as Caucasian, mid-20's, 6'1" tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a knee-length, dark winter overcoat.

"Investigators have exhausted all efforts in identifying the suspect and are asking anyone with any information to call police," RCMP spokesperson Const. Kris Clark says.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Const. Hutt at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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