Vancouver police seek help solving Oakridge-area attacks on women

Vancouver police are looking for potential witnesses following two violent attacks on women on residential streets near the Oakridge Mall.

In both cases, the attacker fled afer the woman screamed for help

Vancouver police are asking for help to solve two violent assaults on women in the Oakridge area of Vancouver. (CBC)

Vancouver police are looking for potential witnesses following two violent attacks on women on residential streets near the Oakridge Mall.

In the first case, a 23-year-old woman was leaving the Canada Line's Langara station when she was jumped from behind.  A man tackled her to the ground, hit her in the face, then ran away as she was screaming. 

That attack occurred last month. About 10 days later, in the same area, a 67-year-old woman was attacked from behind and hit in the head. Once again, the man ran off.

Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague said the attacks did not seem to be sexual in nature.

The attacks were brief, but one of the woman suffered a broken facial bone, Montague said, adding the assaults were "very emotionally traumatizing for both these women."

Hid behind tree

In one instance, the attacker hid behind a tree before assaulting the woman. The odd behaviour suggests he may have a mental health or drug issue, Montague said.

The suspect in both cases is described as white, in his 30s or 40s with short hair.

Montague said the attacks are out of the ordinary for that neighbourhood.

"These are residential neighbourhoods." he said. "It's a very safe part of the city. It obviously affects (the residents') sense of security."

Const. Montague said police have a video image of the person who may be involved.

 Vancouver police are calling on any potential witnesses to the attacks to call in.


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