Updated Feb. 28, 3:38 p.m.
At 4 a.m. this morning, Feb. 28, Halifax Regional Police responded to the parking lot of Costco on Country View Drive in Dartmouth Crossing. An employee of Costo was sitting in her vehicle when a male pulled the door open, and dragged her out of the vehicle. She screamed and he fled the area on foot and did not take anything.
An extensive search of the area was conducted by patrol and K9, but the suspect could not be located. The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black male, 20 to 30 years old, heavy set, five-foot-11 to six-feet-tall, wearing a winter coat, gloves and a toque.
Self-defence expert Frank Zinck, who has taught thousands of women how to defend themselves, said the victim did the right thing.
"We always say the technique is irrelevant, it's the intensity in which you do it that counts," he said, which involves things like kicking, punching and screaming and fighting as hard as you can.
"What happened to her is terrifying," said Zinck, who works for Transcontinental Media in Halifax, and runs the Women's Awareness Survival Program (WASP) through his Budocentral Martial Arts club in Dartmouth.
Halifax Regional Police are urging anyone with information about this crime to contact Halifax Regional Police at 490-5020. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.