Homeless man 'lucky to be alive' after beating, say police

A homeless man was severely beaten with some kind of weapon and left bleeding beneath the Victoria Trail Bridge, say Edmonton police.
The attack took place under the Victoria Trail bridge early Tuesday morning. (CBC )

A homeless man was severely beaten, attacked with an edged weapon and left bleeding beneath the Victoria Trail Bridge, say Edmonton police.

The attack happened between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.in the Kennedale Ravine just north of Hooke Road. 

Calling it a ‘brutal assault,’ police say the 43-year-old was found with extensive injuries that caused him to bleed heavily. 

Two people walking by heard the man's groans and ran to check on him.

"What they found is blood covering his hands," said acting Det. Mark Rosenow. "They could see bone contusions coming out of his hands."

Acting Det. Mark Rosenow says bone contusions could be seen coming out of the man's hands. (Trisha Estabrooks/CBC News )
The man was taken to hospital where he remains in serious condition.

The site of the attack was quiet on Friday. The man's blood could still be seen in the dirt. 

Nadia Melnycky was walking her dogs in the area on Friday. She said that homeless people often camp out under the bridge.

"It's not unusual," she said, adding that she was shocked to learn of the beating. 

News of the attack reached Boyle Street Community Services in downtown Edmonton. 

“Somebody knew where he was, probably, knew his camp was there," said Michael Pruden. "And they knew he had money."

Aidan Inglis from the Boyle Street Outreach Team says that the man was vulnerable being out there on his own. 

"We do find that people usually try to stay with other people so they aren’t as vulnerable in that way.”

Investigators say the attacker is described as a slim Caucasian man, around 20 years old with blond hair and blue eyes. They say the man may have been with a Caucasian woman wearing blue pants and a blue shirt and a third individual who has not been described at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the police or Crime Stoppers.