Can you help identify this suspect involved in the assault of an elderly person?
2020-05-28 11:13 PDT
File # 2020-14049
Burnaby RCMP are releasing a video of an assault that took place last month in Burnaby.
The incident occurred on April 3, 2020. As you will see from the video above, the suspect approached an elderly woman and tripped her as she walked on Central Boulevard near Metrotown Skytrain Station in Burnaby.
The 84-year-old woman was shaken and thankfully not seriously injured. While the suspect’s face is not clear in the video, police are hopeful that those who know the suspect may recognize something from the video that will assist us in identifying her.
The suspect is described as:
- Possibly Asian
- Wearing a face mask
- Dark brown hair
- Wearing black tights, long dark puffy jacket and light shoes
- Carrying a beige purse
If you have any information that would assist investigators you are asked to contact Burnaby RCMP at 604-646-9999 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at 1800-222-TIPS or visit www.solvecrime.ca
At this time, police do not have any information to indicate that the Asian victim was targeted based on her ethnicity however based off of what we are currently observing taking place in neighbouring municipalities it is an active investigative avenue.
In accordance with the RCMPs bias-free policing policy, police do not collect race or ethnicity data related to specific offence types for statistical purposes. However in recent weeks police have noted some concerning incidents in which members of the Asian community in our City have been targeted. Burnaby RCMP has responded to calls for service in relation to victims who were subjected to racial slurs and others where a business had racist graffiti sprayed in and around their premises.
There is no place for crimes of this nature in our City, says Chief Superintendent Deanne Burleigh, Officer-in-Charge at Burnaby detachment.
We want every resident of Burnaby to know that our officers are diligently investigating every complaint being made to us.
Burnaby RCMP has stepped up foot and bicycle patrols in crime hotspots across the City in recent weeks and as always, police are asking for continued vigilance from our community in reporting any crimes targeting members of the Asian community in our City.
Cpl. Michael KalanjMedia Relations Officer
burnaby.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
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