A woman whose ponytail was cut off by an unknown suspect on Sunday says she was in "complete shock" after the "crazy" daylight attack.
Dani Bone-Corbishley told CBC News she was heading to work at the Plant Bath Recreation Centre and had just locked her car on Oak Street.
"I felt someone grab my ponytail. I felt three hacks at the back of my head, and I turned around and someone was booting it away with my ponytail in their hand," she said Tuesday. "It was really that fast."
The suspect fled on foot south along Preston Street. Police are looking for any surveillance video from nearby businesses.
'This just doesn't happen'
Bone-Corbishley said she didn't see what the suspect used to cut her ponytail off. She has since gotten a haircut, and said that's when she finally broke down.
"[It was a] massive adrenaline rush. I can't really say that I was scared; I elbowed him a couple of times, I think," she said.
"Mostly it was just complete shock, absolute bewilderment. This just doesn't happen. And anger, a lot of anger."
You can watch the full interview with Bone-Corbishley in the video player above.
Police have no witnesses
Ottawa police Const. Chuck Benoit said police have only a vague description of the suspect and no witnesses.
Police want to know if this has happened to anyone else, Benoit said.
No motive for the attack has been established so far.
The suspect is described as a white man, about six feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing a dark jacket, a tuque and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the central district investigations unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5166.