Witness who tackled theft suspect sought

Vernon RCMP would like to speak to a customer who tried to hold a robbery suspect in a downtown business.

On Sunday, at about 2 p.m., a staff member working at the Head Rush store in the 2800 block of 30th Street in Vernon reported an attempted armed robbery.

“The clerk told police a suspect had something wrapped in a hoody as a weapon, and demanded three t-shirts,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The clerk laughed at the suspect.”

Molendyk said there was another man in the store at the time, and that he stepped in and tackled and attempted to subdue the suspect.

“The suspect had what is described as a “Jason-like hockey mask, and received a cut to the nose during the altercation,” said Molendyk.

The suspect’s mask and weapon were left behind as the suspect ran off with a bloody nose. The customer chased the suspect outside but lost him in Polson Park.

The suspect is described as a native male, 35 to 45 years, medium-heavy build with a slight belly, 200 pounds, five-feet tall, shaggy black hair, and was wearing a bright yellow shirt with long blue jeans.

The Vernon RCMP would like to speak to the customer who tried to hold the suspect in the store.

They are asking that he call the police office at 250 545-7171.









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