Senior allegedly attacked, suffocated by a stranger; Burnaby Police Force Still Looking For A Suspect

VANCOUVER – Mounted police in Burnaby are looking for a suspect after an elderly woman was allegedly attacked and strangled by a stranger.

According to the RCMP, a 75-year-old woman was walking on Government Street near Keswick Park last Thursday afternoon when she was assaulted.

“The victim was strangled and the assailant left grazes on him,” mounted police said in a statement on Wednesday.

“She was taken to hospital but has since been released.”

Constables say they still have not located the suspect in the incident which occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. The suspect is described as being Caucasian, in his 30s and weighing around 150 pounds. Police said the man had short brown hair and was wearing a black jacket that reached below his knees and a black mask.

Police released a security video showing a man matching this description walking through the area at the time of the attack. The video does not show the attack itself, but shows a person walking slowly down the street.

A long black jacket – which police say they believe the suspect was wearing – was later found in the area as officers conducted their investigation. The gendarmes believe the suspect fled the area, a witness assisted the victim and called 911.

“Burnaby RCMP are hopeful that someone can recognize the suspect seen in the video as our investigators attempt to locate the person responsible for this matter,” said Cpl. Michael Kalanj in a press release.

“At the moment, there is no indication of what motivated this attack.”

No other similar attack has been reported in the area recently, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999. Tips can also be left anonymously at Crime Stoppers.

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