A woman remains in custody after an 85-year-old man in a wheelchair was assaulted and robbed in Port Alberni.
RCMP say they were called to the area of 4th Avenue and Mar Street just before 5 p.m. on Thursday for an assault in progress.
Several witnesses reported that an elderly man in a wheelchair was being attacked by a woman who was trying to steal his wallet.
RCMP say the man fought off the attack and called out for help. The female suspect fled on foot after stealing the man’s belongings.
Officers located the woman a short distance away and she was arrested. They also recovered the man’s belongings in a nearby parking lot.
“This unnerving incident is rare in Port Alberni, and I want to thank the public for their actions in identifying and calling the police,” said Corporal Aaron Aasen.
“We could not have caught this suspect without their quick response.”
29-year-old Tashina Aday is charged with robbery, assault and breach of probation.
She is being held in custody ahead of her next court appearance on October 9th.