A group of teenage girls terrorized West Edmonton Mall area shoppers after a spree of robberies Tuesday night, police told Metro yesterday.
The four reported attacks began around 4 p.m. at the transit station with a bag-snatching incident and escalated in severity.
At 6 p.m. an 18-year-old girl was approached by five native females and robbed at knifepoint just north of the mall near 90 Avenue. They took her belongings and fled into the mall.
Then two 17-year-old females were punched and kicked and robbed at knifepoint inside the mall by a group matching the description.
Again 20 minutes later another 15-year-old girl was shown a knife at the 170 Street pedestrian overpass, punched and kicked and her stuff taken.
"The level of violence if of concern to us and simply cannot be accepted," said Jeff Wuite, spokesperson for the Edmonton police. "People may not think it sounds like a big deal because it’s teens robbing teens but we are taking it very seriously and we urge anyone else who had similar encounters to come forward so we can find who is responsible," he added.
Police believe the suspects may have ties to gangs and are looking through surveillance tapes.
how to help
- If anyone has information they are asked to call 423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).