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Nanaimo Mounties ask public to help solve attacks on women

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can help solve two recent incidents where women were attacked.

The latest incident happened at 10:45 p.m. Sunday on Selby Street when a 79-year-old woman was walking home from a night of Bingo and man ran up from behind and tried to grab her purse.

She resisted and fell to the ground during the scuffle, dislocating her finger, but her assailant failed to get her purse and ran off down Albert Street.

A police dog team responded, but was unable to track down her attacker.

The suspect is described as tall and slim, race unknown, 25-30 years of age, wearing a grey vest with non-reflective orange trim.

A 19-year-old woman, walking to work, was mugged on Highland Boulevard March 27 at 3:15 a.m. when a  man punched her in the face and demanded she hand over her valuables.

Her attacker fled west across the Island Highway after she gave him her Nintendo Gameboy and a Future Shop/Best Buy gift card.

A police dog team was unable to pick up the culprit's trail.

The suspect is described as First Nations, 5'3" tall with slim build and a pock marked face. He was wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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