A 38-year-old school custodian in South Vancouver was injured Tuesday in a violent robbery.
Vancouver police are looking for witnesses to come forward.
VPD spokesperson Const. Tania Visintin says the man had parked his car in front of Gladstone Secondary School near Gladstone Street and East 27th Avenue at 5:20 p.m., when two men approached him and demanded he give them his backpack.
“When the victim refused, one of the suspects struck the victim on the top of his head with a baton,” she said.
He was treated for a head wound by paramedics.
Police allege the men grabbed the victim’s backpack and left the area in a dark-coloured SUV, possibly a Chevrolet, and drove away north on Gladstone Street and then east on East 24th Avenue. They say both men were wearing dark clothing with no logos, dark baseball caps, and facemasks.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police non-emergency line at 604-717-3321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.