Elderly Salmo woman abducted, beaten and robbed
Police have a suspect in custody after a truly horrifying crime in Salmo last week, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.
“On Sept. 21, the Salmo RCMP received a report of an elderly female who was assault, held captive in her home, the extorted of a large sum of money by a Trail resident,” Oelke said. “Pamela Leigh Pakenham, 44 years of age, has been charged with break and enter, wearing a disguise, unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm, extortion, robbery, and two counts of breaching an undertaking from the events of Sept. 18 to 20. She is being held in custody.”
Oelke said Pakenham allegedly broke into the woman’s home, restrained her, and assaulted her over the course of two days.
“She then forced the elderly woman to go the her bank and withdraw a large sum of money and give it to her. Cash and items were also stolen from the woman’s home.”
On Sept.20, Pakenham left the home. On Sept. 22, Pakenham was arrested without incident.
“Pakenham was known to the victim,” Oelke added. “This is not a random act.”