Calgary, AB,

Senior assaulted and robbed in own home

The Calgary Police Service is seeking public assistance with identifying a man believed to have assaulted and robbed a senior in her own home on the weekend.

At approximately 7:20 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, a man knocked on the door of a residence in the 200 block of Whiteview Road N.E. The resident, a woman in her 70s, answered the door. She recognized the man as having previously knocked on her door to ask for donations, although he was not associated to any charity. Given their prior interaction, the victim let the man into the home.

It is alleged the man grabbed the woman’s purse and attempted to go through the contents. Allegedly a struggle ensued and the victim was thrown down the stairs that lead from the entrance to the basement inside the home. The suspect fled with contents from the purse and the victim called police. She was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

CCTV of the suspect was captured and is available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously through the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

Case #17550219/4199

Tips for door-to-door solicitations:

  • Check with the Canada Revenue Agency to see if the charity you are giving to is registered.
  • Never feel pressure to provide money urgently. Take the time to do your research before you make a decision to donate money.
  • Watch for copycat charities that may be posing as a reputable charity or have a similar sounding name.
  • If someone has come to your door to collect donations, ask them to leave a brochure or pamphlet behind so you can take the time to make sure it is legitimate. Reputable organizations will have other methods for you to donate at a later time.
  • Ask for visible ID. Most legitimate charities or agencies will require their staff to wear visible ID.
  • Speak to the person on the front step. Do not let them inside your house at any time.