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Multiple attacks lead to jail time, rehab and probation

A Surrey man who committed a series of violent robberies against six women last May - two of which occurred in the Tri-Cities - has been sentenced to 22 months in jail.

A Surrey man who committed a series of violent robberies against six women last May - two of which occurred in the Tri-Cities - has been sentenced to 22 months in jail.

Joon Woo Lim, who pled guilty to four counts of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery, was sentenced last week at Port Coquitlam provincial court. He has been ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation program and will serve three years probation after his release. Lim is also prohibited from possessing a firearm for at least ten years.

Lim's legal issues stem from a crime spree that began on May 5, when a woman working at a Surrey coffee shop was attacked and robbed by a man with a crowbar shortly after 5:40 a.m.

Less than an hour later a woman waiting at a bus stop in North Vancouver was robbed at knifepoint. Two hours later, again in North Vancouver, a third woman was struck over the head with an unspecified object.

At 9:30 a.m. an elderly woman in Port Coquitlam was walking at the intersection of Patricia Avenue and Hastings Street when she was attacked and beaten over the head with a weapon, which sent her to the hospital for stitches. The women's purse was taken during the robbery.

At around 10 p.m. the same day a woman with a young child in the back seat of her car was struck by another vehicle from behind on Lansdowne Drive in Coquitlam. When the woman pulled over and got out to check for damage she was violently struck with a hammer before the assailant attempted to steal her car.

Witnesses came to the women's aid, however the attacker was able to get away.

The string of assaults came to an end on May 6 when a woman standing with her baby on a Vancouver sidewalk was attacked and robbed of her purse.

Police were able to track down the suspect based on evidence given by witnesses and Lim was eventually arrested in Surrey later in the day.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com