Burnaby RCMP says an unknown man allegedly stabbed a stranger in the leg with a needle on Friday.

A woman was randomly stabbed in the leg with a needle last week near Metrotown, and police are asking the public to help them find the suspect.

Burnaby RCMP said the assault took place on Friday, at around 10:20 a.m. PT, on the southeast corner of the sidewalk at Kingsway and McKay Avenue.

The victim stopped to wait at the light, and that's when a man "stood beside her and allegedly stabbed her leg with a needle."

The woman was treated at a local hospital and released.

"While the nature of this incident is a significant concern for police, it is also highly unusual," said Insp. Bob Page Wednesday. "As of today, we've had no other reported incidents."

The suspect is described as:

  • Dark-skinned man with short dyed blonde hair.
  • Approximately 35 years old.
  • 5’7" (169 cm).

Police say he was wearing a light blue tank top and dark jeans and was carrying three shopping bags at the time of the incident.

"The suspect's description stands out and we remain hopeful that someone will identify him," Page said. "We are urging the public to share the suspect's description with your families and friends."

Anyone with information can reach Page through the Burnaby RCMP detachment at 604-294-7922 or can leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).