The Vancouver Police announced Saturday that a 76-year-old woman has suffered life-threatening injuries during a violent sexual assault.
Constable Tania Visintin of Vancouver Police said “This is a shocking case, and the victim’s injuries are some of the worst we’ve seen. We don’t yet know who did this or where it happened, so we’re asking everyone to be vigilant until we find out more.”
“VPD was called Thursday morning by staff at the victim’s care home in downtown Vancouver. Investigators believe the assault may have taken place sometime between September 7 at 2 p.m. and September 9 at 11 a.m.,” the Vancounver Police said in a statement.
The statement further added that investigators believe the victim frequents the area of Cathedral Park near Dunsmuir and Richards streets. She may have been in that area either before or after the attack.
The suspect is described as a white man with a stocky build, the Vancouver Police said, adding that he is between 35 and 40 years old. He has light to dark brown shaggy hair with a stubble beard. He is described as having wide-set eyes and a short neck. He was wearing a black or navy blue coloured jacket.
“The victim, who uses a motorized wheelchair, suffered significant bruising and discolouration on her face,” Constable Visintin said, adding that “Because of the extent of her injuries, she’s been unable to tell us exactly what happened.”
The Vancouver Police also added that anyone with information about this crime, or anyone who saw an elderly woman in a wheelchair with bruising on her face between September 7 and September 9, is asked to call VPD investigators at 604-717-0602.