At approximately 3 a.m. on Thursday September 12, a man entered the patio door of an apartment in the downtown area of Prince George. The apartment was occupied by an elderly woman who was asleep in her bed at the time.
The man forced his way through the apartment, assaulting the victim in the process. A number of items including small quantity of cash were taken when he fled a few minutes later.
The Prince George RCMP were contacted and officers, including a police dog service team, attended the area. The suspect was located a short distance away and was taken into custody. The suspect was held in custody overnight and will appear in court later today.
Phillip Christopher Wood, a 37-year-old Prince George resident has been charged with break and enter to commit robbery, robbery, assault causing bodily harm, and failing to comply with an undertaking.
Although Wood is currently a resident of Prince George, he has spent a significant amount of time in the communities of Fort St. John and Terrace. He is well known to police.
The victim was transported to hospital by paramedics for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
“This is an especially despicable crime,” said Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “To forcible invade the privacy of someone’s home is absolutely horrible. To assault the 74-year-old resident is a whole other level of disgusting.”