‘It is unsettling’ — no reported leads yet in brazen Winchester mugging

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — Police continue to investigate the brazen mugging of a man in the parking lot of Winchester’s RBC bank branch this week — but haven’t yet released a description of the suspect who got away on foot.

Nor have police officially disclosed the type of weapon the male assailant brandished when he approached the victim in broad daylight and demanded cash on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 2. The victim received a minor injury before handing an undisclosed sum of money to the mugger.

The incident triggered numerous SD&G OPP cruisers to descend on the bank and the brief closure of surrounding streets in the village. Winchester Public School went into lockdown, just as school buses should have been arriving.

Winchester shopkeeper Lisa Williams said she was driving back from Chesterville around 2:30 p.m. when cruisers zoomed by her at a high rate of speed. “I’m sure everybody’s safe but just shaken up,” she observed about an hour and a half later, standing on the sidewalk outside her Main Street Clothing Store. The drama had subsided by then and officers would soon leave the bank scene, a couple of blocks away.

“It’s not the kind of publicity you want” for Winchester, she added.

“It is unsettling,” agreed another Winchester resident who didn’t want her name used.

Contacted by Nation Valley News, SD&G OPP Constable Tylor Copeland said he couldn’t remember the last time the detachment had to deal with a mugging — in Winchester or anywhere in the United Counties. “Thankfully, nothing comes to mind,” he said.

Wednesday’s incident occurred just short of year since Winchester’s BMO branch was robbed. That event triggered a similar response from law enforcement, including the lockdown of Winchester Public School.



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