Elderly woman sexually assaulted, robbed in north Red Deer

An elderly woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in a wooded area west of the Save On Food Store in north Red Deer on Wednesday morning.

An RCMP member was positioned outside the Save on Foods store on 67th St. to keep people from entering a wooded area until after an investigation into the assault of a women in the area was completed.

RCMP were joined by a police dog team and search and rescue members in an effort to gather clues in a sexual assault and robbery of an elderly woman in a wooded area in north Red Deer Wednesday.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer of city RCMP said the woman, in her 70s, was assaulted at about 9:30 a.m. in an area west of Save On Food Store.

Red Deer RCMP said the woman was grabbed from behind by a male, pulled to the ground and sexually and physically assaulted. The man took the woman’s wallet and watch before leaving.

The woman was able to then make her way to the nearby Save On on 67th Street, where employees assisted her and called police and an ambulance at about 10 a.m.

DeHeer said a police dog unit was joined by members of the Red Deer Search and Rescue to assist in an evidence search.

RCMP general investigation section is also investigating. Police have not provided a description of the suspect.

If anyone was in the area prior to 10 a.m. and may have witnessed anything suspicious, or if you have information about this offence, you are asked to call the Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Police are asking the public to be cautious when walking and consider the following:

• Do not walk alone if at all possible.

• Stick to well travelled areas such as streets.

• Do not wear head phones or other devices that may prevent you from hearing what is going on around you.

• If you see someone or something that makes you feel uncomfortable, consider going a different direction.

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