Calgary

Forest Lawn home invasion leaves couple with head injuries

A man in a mask invaded the home of a couple in their 60s and 70s while they were sleeping and attacked them, sending them to hospital with serious head injuries, police say.

Culprit was wearing a mask and armed with an unknown object, police say

Neighbours concerned after elderly couple violently attacked in home

6 years ago
Duration 2:12
Police say the suspect is heavy set and likely between 25 and 35 years old.

A man in a mask invaded the home of an older couple while they were sleeping and attacked them, leaving them with serious head injuries, Calgary police say.

He broke into the home in the 1500 block of 49th Street S.E. in Forest Lawn through the back door just after midnight, entering the master bedroom and demanding money from the couple.

The culprit assaulted a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s. He then fled, police say.

Police are looking for a man who broke in to this house in Forest Lawn early Wednesday morning and struck a man and woman with a metal bar. (Dave Gilson/CBC)

The victims were taken to hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition. Both had lacerations and soft-tissue injuries to their faces and heads, according to paramedics.

"I don't know. Somebody just broke in and started beating us," said one of the victims, who CBC has agreed not to name. 

He was released from hospital later Wednesday morning. His wife remains in hospital.

Nothing appears to have been stolen, police say.

Police initially described the weapon as a metal bar but acting Staff Sgt. Lon Brewster said at a news conference Wednesday morning that investigators don't yet know what the culprit used to attack the couple.

"They were hit over the head," he said.

Police describe the masked attacker as a heavy-set man, roughly 25- to 35-years-old. They are asking anyone with more information about this crime to come forward. (CBC)

Brewster said the incident highlights how important it is for people to lock their doors at night and to not hesitate to call police when they see something suspicious.

"If you feel that someone is outside trying to get in, call 911. We'll come very quickly. That's what we're there for," he said.

Investigators are still looking for the culprit. It's believed he's 25- to 35-years-old, with a heavy build. He was wearing a hood and a ski mask.

Police say they are waiting to speak to the couple to get more details and to try to determine whether the attack was random or targeted. 

Peter Gadaric, who owns a rental property near the victims, says he has known the couple for many years.

"I feel sorry for them both, but I hope they catch the guy, whoever did this," he said.

Dave Tighe, who lives nearby, says he suspects the downturn in the economy is leading some people to commit crimes.

"These are desperate times, a recession going on and you just hope that work picks up so this can all stop," he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Calgary police robbery unit at 403-428-8787 or contact Crime Stoppers

With files from Colleen Underwood

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