Runner mugging makes others concerned
Runners and walkers beware.
A woman running along the University of Saskatchewan on the Meewasin Valley Trail near the train bridge across the South Saskatchewan River was grabbed by a man who demanded her iPod.
It happened around noon Thursday, when she was grabbed by the suspect, who threatened to hurt her - she handed over her iPod and the man fled.
The woman was not hurt.
Having a robbery happened in broad daylight over the lunch hour is concerning, said Lisette Schermann an avid runner and general manager of Brainsport: The Running Store in Saskatoon.
"If being in broad daylight, on a busy public trail, isn't a safe enough situation, I don't know what you could do to be safer, other than running in a gym with the door locked," she said.
"It's such a great trail and generally I've always thought of it as a safe place to be."
Schermann said she runs along that part of the trail all the time.
"You know it's impossible to read about something like that without kind of getting a chill and thinking you know what I would do in that situation or how could I prevent that from happening to me," she said.
One piece of advice is, run with friends and be aware, said Schermann.
"Keep your head up and be really, really aware of your surroundings, that's not just safety from muggers, but safety from bikes and animals," she said.
"Music is fine, but if you can't hear what's going on around you, then it's too loud and definitely if you are in a place where you feel uncomfortable, you shouldn't wear music."
According to a Saskatoon police release, the suspect is described to be in his late 20s and of aboriginal descent. He is approximately five-feet-11-inches tall, with a chubby build, dark hair and a clean-cut appearance. He was wearing a ball cap, dark jeans, a black zip-up hoodie and had on wire-framed glasses with a light tint.
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