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Kelowna woman bear sprayed and robbed at knife point while sitting in her parked car

A woman is injured following a robbery this evening in Kelowna.

At 5:15 p.m. the Kelowna RCMP responded to a report of a robbery that occurred in the 2800-block of Highway 97. A woman was sitting in her vehicle while parked in a parking lot when a male suspect opened the passenger door, threatened her with a knife and demanded her belongings. A struggle ensued and the woman received injuries. Before fleeing on foot, the suspect sprayed a sensory irritant, otherwise known as bear spray, inside the vehicle. The victim sought assistance from a nearby business until police and EHS arrived on scene.

Frontline officers with the assistance of RCMP Police Dog Services searched the area but the suspect was not located.

The victim was transported to hospital by EHS for non life-threatening injuries and was treated and released.

The suspect is described man with a dark complexion, 5’11 tall, wearing a black jacket, black pants and a black medical-style mask.

The investigation is ongoing and is being led by the Kelowna RCMP General Investigative Services – Robbery Unit. Anyone with any information about this incident or who may have witnessed it is asked to contact the Robbery Unit at 250-762-3300 or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net

There are no further details available at this time.

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