Police in Corner Brook are investigating the validity of a reported mugging in downtown Corner Brook early Friday morning, but there are inconsistencies with the accusations.
At about 2:15 a.m., the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a robbery with violence complaint near the intersection of Broadway and Herald Avenue. A 44-year-old woman was reportedly approached by a male wearing jeans and a dark hoodie, who allegedly stole a quantity of cash. The male supposedly then fled on foot.
There were no injuries as a result, and the suspect has been positively identified. The alleged victim and suspect are well known to each other, police said.
It was the second mugging reported in the Broadway area this week, creating a fear that such a rare occurrence for the small city was becoming a trend.
However, Const. Scott Mosher said that is not exactly the case. He said the two incidents are far from similar.
“Obviously any complaint that we have, we have an obligation to follow up on,” Mosher said. “This one is not quite so cut and dry as it may appear on the surface.”
Police are confident there are no concerns for public safety and there is no ongoing problem in relation to these types of activities. There is a concern from a policing perspective, according to Mosher, that people are trying to capitalize on the notoriety of the mugging earlier in the week.
“If that hadn’t happened earlier in the week, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” he said. “We have investigated the complaint. We will continue to investigate the complaint. However, at this time, we have had conflicting information and we are investigating all aspects of the particular complaint.”