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Argyle student robbed at knifepoint while walking to school
An Arygle secondary student was held up at knifepoint while walking along an isolated trail near his school at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
The mugger confronted the victim in Hunter Park with a knife and stole his backpack which contained a small amount of cash. Shaken but physically unharmed, the student continued on his way to school, where he reported the incident to Arygle staff.
The suspect is described as a tall, lanky man with shoulder-length blond hair. He was wearing a balaclava, blue hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants at the time of the incident.
North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Doug Trousdell called the incident concerning.
"It's very alarming for anyone, but certainly for it to be a student it creates a lot of unease in the public," said Trousdell.
He described Hunter Park, which borders Fromme Road and Chaucer Avenue, as being heavily wooded and nestled between a number of cul-de-sacs and streets.
"It's a bit deceptive — it has complex system of trails," said Trousdell.
Victoria Miles, spokesperson for the North Vancouver School District, said when a security issue arises the district's Safe and Caring Schools team is brought in to liaise with law enforcement and school staff, and link students with counselling support if needed.
"So that process did happen in this situation," said Miles.
A letter went out to parents in the Argyle school community informing them of Wednesday's incident in Hunter Park. It also included some personal safety advice for students. Chief among those tips: travel in groups, use well-lit trails, carry a whistle — and always call 911 if your personal safety is being threatened.
Anyone with information relating to the Hunter Park incident is being asked to contact the North Van RCMP's non-emergency line at at 604-985-1131.