Abbotsford Police seek tips in Mill Lake Park robbery

Two women, including one in her 80s, were robbed on Aug. 18

Police are appealing for information in the robbery of two women on Aug. 18 in Mill Lake Park.

Police are appealing for information in the robbery of two women on Aug. 18 in Mill Lake Park.

The Abbotsford Police Department is appealing for tips in a robbery that took place at Mill Lake Park last month.

Const. Paul Walker said the department has received little information regarding the incident on Aug. 18 which was reported in the media the following day. 1

At about 7:45 p.m. that day, two women – one in her 40s and the other in her 80s who uses a walker – began walking around the park.

The women were near the Bevan Avenue parking lot at about 8:50 p.m., preparing to leave, when they were suddenly approached by two young men wearing hoodies and bandanas covering the lower portion of their faces.

The men pointed what were believed to be handguns at the women and demanded their valuables.

The thieves got away with a cellphone, a small amount of cash and a fanny pack and ran toward the intersection of Bevan Avenue and Ware Street.

The suspects are both described as South Asian males, 17 to 20 years old.

One was 5′ 10″ to six feet tall and about 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, a dark bandana and white checkered pants.

The other was about six feet tall and 160 pounds. He was wearing a light-coloured hoodie and a dark bandana.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The incident is not connected to three other robberies and assaults that took place in Mill Lake Park on June 9, June 21 and Aug. 5. The suspects in those attacks were all Caucasian men.

It is also not related to the discovery of the body of a 36-year-old Mission woman, who was found July 30 in a forested area of the park at Emerson Street and Bevan Avenue.

The cause of death has not yet been released in that case, pending toxicology results, but it has not been declared a murder.