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Migrant child injured, robbed in Vancouver while buying breakfast for family

Police collected more than $200 to give to the family, who are new arrivals to Canada from Mexico

Police in Vancouver collected donations for a 10-year-old who was robbed and injured on her way to buy breakfast for her family, who are new arrivals to Canada from Mexico.

The child was standing in line at a restaurant in the 200-block of Keefer Street Saturday, March 6 because – as police later found out – her family’s stove was broken.

It was there a woman allegedly approached the girl and swiped a $50 bill from her pocket, police said.

The 10-year-old ran after the woman trying to retrieve the money. The woman elbowed the 10-year-old in the face, splitting her lip and causing a bloody nose.

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Witnesses called 911 while a bystander made sure the suspect didn’t flee the scene.

When police arrived, she was arrested for robbery and the $50 was returned to the child, who was being treated by paramedics.

When officers learned the girl was buying take-out because her family didn’t have a working stove, officers pooled their cash to hand the family around $200.

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sarah.grochowski@bpdigital.ca

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