North Vancouver RCMP is investigating after an Argyle secondary student was mugged at knifepoint on his walk to school, Wednesday.
The student was walking on a trail in Hunter Park around 8:30 a.m. when confronted by a masked man brandishing a knife and demanding the student hand over his backpack which contained a small amount of cash.
Though he wasn't injured, the student is shaken up by the incident, an RCMP press release noted.
The victim described the suspect to police as a "tall lanky man with shoulder length blond hair." He was wearing a balaclava, blue hooded sweatshirt and grey sweatpants at the time of the robbery.
Police don't yet have any suspects, according to the release.
In response to the incident, the North Vancouver school district sent a note to parents on Wednesday afternoon, advising them to review safe practices for kids who walk to school. Students should travel in groups and use well-lit streets or trails, the letter notes, and anyone who feels threatened on their walk should call 9-1-1.
"This incident is very concerning to the police and to the community," said Cpl. Doug Trousdell, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman. "We ask that anyone with information about the robbery contact the serious crimes unit of the North Vancouver RCMP."
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