VPD investigating two attacks on women in Oakridge area

Dec 19 2017, 8:08 pm

The Vancouver Police Department are warning the public to be vigilant after two women were attacked on separate occasions in the Oakridge area.

The first case happened on January 23 at around 11 p.m. A 23-year-old woman left the Langara Canada Line station when she was approached from behind by a man near 48th Avenue and Manitoba Street. The man tackled her to the ground, hit her in the face, and then ran away as she screamed for help.

The second case happened on February 4 at 7 p.m. A 67-year-old woman was out for a walk near Columbia Park at West 42nd Avenue between Alberta and Columbia Streets. The woman noticed a man hiding behind a tree, and, moments later, he walked up and punched her in the face and head. The woman screamed and the suspect ran off towards Oakridge Mall.

Police say they canvassed the area with dogs, but failed to locate any suspects. They’ve been collecting evidence, submitting articles for DNA testing, and have spoken to several witnesses.

Descriptions of the man were similar in both cases. The suspect is described as white, in his 30s or 40s, with a slim to medium build, and balding with short hair.

Police say the man’s motivations aren’t believed to be sexual in nature and believe they were robbery attempts. It’s unknown if the attacks are linked or if it’s the same person responsible.

If you have any information, call the VPD at 604-717-0601 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.