Robbers use knife in park

Police are on the lookout for two men who used a knife to rob a Vernon man Saturday.

A 26-year-old resident called police just after 10 p.m. to say he’d been robbed at knife point by two unknown men at Justice Court Park on 30th Avenue.

“The victim advised that two suspects grabbed him by his shirt as he was walking near the park and pulled him under the concrete structure there,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“Once underneath, they pinned him up against the pillar and demanded money while holding a knife up to his cheek.”

Molendyk said the man tossed his wallet containing cash to the ground. One of the suspects picked up the wallet, took the money out and tossed the wallet back to the victim.

“The suspect with the knife cut the victim on the arm, and the man also suffered a scratch on the cheek where the knife had been,” said Molendyk.

One of the men also punched the victim and threw him to the ground, resulting in a swollen cheek.

The only description given to police was that both suspects were wearing dark hoodies pulled up over their heads, both had on jeans and one of the men had either a shaved head or his hair was cut very short.

The victim refused an ambulance to take him to the hospital for treatment.

Anybody with any information on the incident is asked to call the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.