The RCMP say a woman and her friend did the right thing “by getting out of there quickly” when they abandoned their car in Westphal after a man who they had driven home from the Canada Day fireworks allegedly demanded money and punched one of them in the head.
Cole Harbour RCMP received a report of a robbery at a home on Taranaki Drive around 11:15 p.m. July 1.
The 37-year-old victim and her friend had given a man a ride home from the fireworks show on Halifax Harbour, but police say when they dropped him off the man demanded the woman’s valuables and punched her in the head twice when she refused.
Both women left the black SUV and ran to a home on Greely Court to wait for police.
“Things got scary,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae. “They did the right thing by getting out of there quickly.”
Police say they soon found a man matching the suspect’s description in the SUV on Taranaki Drive, but he was “very unco-operative, very verbally abusive” and attempted to resist the officers, MacRae said.
The man was eventually arrested and taken into custody.
MacRae said the 21-year-old man faces numerous charges including robbery, assault, uttering threats, assaulting police, resisting arrest and breach of a recognizance.
He is known to police, and will appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Wednesday.
Although it’s “unclear” how well the women knew the man, MacRae said the RCMP are reminding people even though it seems generous to pick up a stranger or offer a ride, “you’ve got to outweigh the risks.”
“Fortunately nobody was seriously injured … but it certainly could have been worse,” MacRae said.