Two suspects sought after early morning carjacking, assault in northwest Red Deer

A carjacking in northwest Red Deer has police looking for two men who assaulted and robbed a man and then stole his van.

According to the Red Deer RCMP, at 7 a.m. on May 14, two male suspects approached the man in the Johnstone Plaza parking lot on 67th Street. They had a friendly conversation before eventually asking for a wide, claiming they were late for work.

The victim dropped them off in the area of 67th Street and 67th Avenue, the suspects assaulted the driver, took his wallet, cellphone and keys and drove away in his van.

Police said one of the suspect displayed a large knife, but did not use it during the assault. The other suspect wielded what is believed to be a baton or pry bar.

The victim suffered a hard blow to the head and other facial injuries. He was treated by Red Deer Emergency Services at the scene, taken to hospital for further treatment and then released.

Police describe the first suspect as a Caucasian male between the ages of 20 and 25. He had short brown hair, a slim build, acne on his face and a noticeable scar or injury on the left side of his nose. He wore a black hat with black sunglasses on the brim, a grey hooded sweater, blue jeans and white shoes.

The second suspect is described as an Aboriginal male between the ages of 25 and 30. He has short dark hair, a medium build and a tattoo on his left cheek. He wore a dark hooded sweater with dark pants and red shoes.

The van is a light brown 1997 GMC Safari with Alberta licence plate BWW 5421, it has not yet been recovered by police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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