A 10-year-old girl whose family recently arrived in Canada from Mexico experienced something that no person, let alone a young child, should in Vancouver this weekend.
According to the Vancouver Police Department, the girl was waiting in line outside a restaurant in the 200 block of Keefer Street on Saturday morning.
She was there to buy her family breakfast.
At one point, a woman reportedly approached her and grabbed her arm before reaching inside the girl’s pocket and taking a $50 bill.
“When the little girl followed the woman and tried to get her money back, the suspect allegedly elbowed her in the face, splitting her lip and causing a nosebleed,” said a VPD release.
“Multiple witnesses called 911, and a bystander intervened and ensured the suspect did not leave the scene.”
Officers arrived on scene and arrested the suspect for robbery, took her to jail and recovered the stolen $50, but quickly learned that about the family’s recent journey.
A robbery suspect was arrested after a 10-year-old girl was allegedly elbowed in the face and robbed of $50 as she waited to buy her family breakfast. Officers took up a collection for the family, who recently arrived in Canada. https://t.co/rk2a9Vhr1g#VancouverCrimeStories pic.twitter.com/bC9kY1i37V
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) March 9, 2021
“The child was buying breakfast because their stove was broken,” explained the release.
“Members took up a collection from their fellow officers in the area and presented the family with over $200.”
The girl was treated for her injuries at the scene and eventually taken home by her father.