Elderly Edmonton woman seriously injured in random assault

May 21 2020, 3:33 pm

The Edmonton Police Service is looking to speak with people who witnessed a man assault an elderly woman in northeast Edmonton last week.

In a news release issued Thursday, police said the assault was random. They are still trying to identify the suspect.

The suspect apparently approached the 84-year-old woman while she was watering the front lawn of her townhome during the afternoon of May 13. The man allegedly punched the woman in the face and kicked her repeatedly until she fell to the ground.

The man fled on foot afterwards, police say. They’ve released images of the suspect walking in the area before the assault occurred.

“The violent and random nature of this assault against a senior citizen is unusual and troubling,” Det. Sonja Wepruk said.

The woman was taken to hospital to treat her injuries, and she’s expected to survive.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his 20s or 30s who was about 5-6 to 5-9. He had a heavy-set structure and was wearing a black windbreaker, dark jeans, white shoes, and a dark baseball cap.

Anyone with any information about this crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567.