An Ottawa woman suffered a concussion after she said a stranger punched her Tuesday night in a seemingly random attack on O'Connor Street.
Tiffani Murray was walking her dog through the Glebe on O'Connor near Monkland Avenue at around 6:30 p.m. when a man ahead of her on the sidewalk suddenly turned around.
"He sprinted right up to me and said 'Hey!' right in my face and then sort of reared his arm back and punched me in the face," said Murray.
Murray stumbled back from the force of the blow. A woman across the street who witnessed the attack then shouted for her to come to her.
"So I ran across the street and he ran after me, halfway across the street, and I made it into her house and we locked the door and called the police," said Murray.
Murray, who works as a labour lawyer and has worked as a criminal defence lawyer, said there was no reason for the attack.
She believes the man was mentally ill, or on drugs, or both.
She said she's more interested in seeing him get help than she is in seeing him get charged with assault.
"I am going to have probably some difficulty in dealing with it, emotionally and physically, but that would resolve it for me, to see him get treatment," she said.
Ottawa police are still looking for a suspect they describe as a black male in his 40s, about five-foot-eight-inches tall and with an average build.