Red Deer teens robbed by thugs brandishing knife and rock

Two Red Deer teenagers were robbed by four culprits brandishing weapons along a park trail in Riverside Meadows.

Two Red Deer teenagers were robbed by four culprits brandishing weapons along a park trail in Riverside Meadows.

Red Deer City RCMP are concerned that more personal robberies appear to be occurring within the city while people are walking outdoors.

The latest incident involves three males and a female who committed a robbery on Tuesday at about 8:20 p.m. on a path near the Riverside Meadows footbridge.

The four suspects carrying a knife and a baseball-sized rock approached two male victims and demanded their wallets, cell phones, and ball caps.

The young victims handed over the items, and the four suspects ran off northbound, in the opposite direction from the Red Deer River.

Police are seeking two aboriginal males, about 15 or 16 years of age, who were brandishing the weapons.

The first suspect is described as having short dark hair in a mohawk style and was wearing a ball cap. The second had long black hair and was wearing a red shirt.

The two other suspects stood off to the side and observed the robbery. Police are seeking a Caucasian female wearing a pink shirt and a Caucasian male.

Anyone with any information about this robbery is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP.

Media resource officer Kathe Deheer said there appears to be an increase of personal robberies happening while people are walking around the city. Police are examining the various cases to see if any links can be found.

While this latest robbery occurred to two males who were walking together, Deheer reminded residents it’s still best to walk with someone else, especially in the evening. “It’s recommended that you don’t walk alone at night.”

She also advises to always be aware of your surroundings and to change direction, or cross the street, if a suspicious person or group is approaching. It’s also best to comply with a robber’s demands to avoid injury, and then to report the incident to police.

“If anyone can identify these suspects it would be of assistance to the community.”

Anyone with information about this or other robberies is asked to call Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

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