Senior escaped from knife-wielding thief who tried to abduct her, stole her truck: Saskatoon police

The Saskatoon Police Service says its major crimes unit is investigating a two-vehicle crash in the city Tuesday evening that left a woman dead and sent three other people to hospital in critical condition. (Dan Zakreski/CBC - image credit)

A 75-year-old woman at a Saskatoon campground was threatened at knifepoint by a woman who went on to steal her truck, and tried to abduct the senior in the process, according to police.

Police were called around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday about a robbery in progress at a campground in the 1600 block of Avenue P South, a Friday news release said. That's the location of the Gordon Howe Campground, which borders Saskatoon French Elementary School.

The 75-year old woman was in her camper when she saw a woman she didn't know stealing her bike from her campsite.

When the camper confronted the thief, she pulled out a knife and demanded the senior return to her camper.

Police said the thief followed her into the camper, where she stole the 75-year-old's truck keys, along with other items.

The victim was then forced to load the stolen items into her own truck, and told to get into the back seat.

The victim escaped as the robber was starting the truck and fled to a nearby campsite to call for help. The thief fled in the stolen truck.

Police said the victim was not physically injured in any way.

The stolen truck was found, abandoned and damaged, the next morning in a parking lot in the 700 block of Saskatchewan Crescent West.

Police are still trying to locate the thief, who is described as a slim woman, about five feet two inches tall, with auburn hair. She was wearing black sweatpants with a white and blue or grey stripe down the side, a hooded jacket and a black Puma backpack at the time of the robbery.

Saskatoon police are asking anyone with information to call them at 306-975-8300, or submit a tip anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.