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Police seek robbery victim after arresting suspects

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Burnaby RCMP caught the suspects in a robbery but now they're looking for the victim.

At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 an Asian woman believed to be in her early 20s left Metrotown SkyTrain station and was walking south into an alley between Telford and Sussex avenues when she was approached by a group of males.

The suspects followed her and surrounded her. "They were starting to swarm her and were demanding her purse," said Burnaby RCMP Corp. Dave Reid. "They actually knocked her to the ground. She was technically robbed."

The woman started screaming and running away from the group when a plainclothes RCMP officer who had observed the incident interrupted.

"He said, 'we're police, call 911 and stay here,'" Reid said.

But they never conversed so the officer doesn't actually know if the woman spoke English or if she understood what he told her to do.

The group of about three suspects were arrested but when the officer returned, the woman was gone and no one has reported the incident.

On Friday morning, Reid said the suspects were due to be released unless the woman came forward because "under the Criminal Code we must identify a victim."

Without one in this case, police can't charge the suspects with the crime, even though the officer was a witness, Reid said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Burnaby RCMP Cpl. Keith Schendel or Const. Dallas Tateyama at 604-294-7922 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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