UPDATE: Accused in alleged Broadway mugging to appear in court Thursday morning

Police arrest 37-year-old woman Wednesday night

Cory Hurley cory.hurley@tc.tc
Published on April 23, 2014
The Broadway area of Corner Brook is shown on April 23, 2014.
Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

A 37-year-old Corner Brook woman will appear in court Thursday morning after she was arrested in relation to an alleged mugging in the Broadway area of the city on Tuesday night.

An RNC release issued late Wednesday night offered no further details of the arrest.

Police allege an 82-year-old woman was pushed to the ground just before midnight Tuesday and had her purse stolen while she walked home from an establishment in the downtown nightclub area.

The female suspect reportedly fled the scene. The victim’s purse contained personal items, identification and an undisclosed amount of money.

Meanwhile, the RNC says walking alone on Broadway is not recommended as safe practice, but police still consider the streets of Corner Brook safe despite Tuesday night’s incident.

“We would encourage everybody to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety, but, as a police organization, we want to have everybody feeling safe in our community,” Sgt. Tim Buckle said.

“We will take whatever action we can in order to bring this to a successful conclusion in order to ensure that person is brought to justice.”

The robbery occurred on the sidewalk on the west end of Broadway, shortly after the elderly woman had left a business, according to police. She suffered a fractured arm and was treated at Western Memorial Regional Hospital. She was released and back in her home Wednesday, said Buckle.

Despite the bold crime, which can create fear in a community, the sergeant said Corner Brook streets are generally safe.

He said such a crime is a rare occurrence in a small city that has such a familiarity among its people. It is important for police to ensure that remains so, said Buckle.

“Due to the fact this is a vulnerable person in our community, being a senior, we have allocated resources to ensure this investigation gets the full attention of our investigators,” he said.

The officer said there is no description available to be released publicly, but that the female allegedly acted alone.

He said the robbery happened quickly, so the focus of the immediate investigation is canvassing the area and checking with businesses in hopes that surveillance videos may have captured something helpful.

He would not speculate whether the attack was targetted or random, saying that is part of the investigation.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible and anyone with information concerning this incident should contact police at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers.

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(Earlier story)

Elderly woman pushed down and robbed in Corner Brook

Police in Corner Brook are looking for a suspect in the robbery of an 82-year-old woman in the city Tuesday night.

Just before midnight, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary — with its police dog service — responded to the report of a robbery with violence that had just occurred in the Broadway area.

It is alleged a woman confronted the elderly woman as she was walking home, pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. The suspect fled the scene, and police were unsuccessful in finding her. She allegedly got away with the purse containing personal items, identification, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim, who called police from a local business, was taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital via ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

“Police are very concerned over this unprovoked attack on a vulnerable member of our community, and the investigation into this incident is ongoing at this time,” according to the RNC via a statement issued in the overnight police report.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person responsible, and anyone with information concerning this incident should contact police at 637-4100 or Crimestoppers.