Trail woman charged following robbery and assault of senior in Salmo

A Trail woman is in jail following a disturbing incident against a Salmo senior last week.

A Trail woman is in jail following a disturbing incident against a Salmo senior last week.

Pamela Leigh Pakenham, 44, has been charged with a string of serious offences after allegedly breaking into the home of the woman, said to be in her 80s.

The Greater Trail RCMP report Pakenham restrained and assaulted the woman over a two-day period from Sept. 18 to Sept. 20.

She then forced the elderly victim to go to the bank and withdraw and large amount of money. Cash and other items were stolen from the residence before Pakenham left the home on Sept. 20.

She was arrested without incident Sept. 22 according to police, and is being held in custody.

Charges include break and enter, wearing a disguise, unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm, extortion, robbery and two counts of breaching an undertaking.

Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke confirmed the elderly woman suffered substantial injuries but has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say this was not a random act, as Pakenham was known to the victim.

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