VP of Strathcona Residents Association allegedly assaulted by pipe-wielding man outside her home

Oct 19 2020, 11:12 am

A resident of Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood says she was assaulted by a pipe-wielding man outside of her own home.

Katie Lewis is the vice president of the Strathcona Residents Association. She took to Twitter on Saturday night after she said someone took a pipe to her head.

Lewis said that she “went to drop off soup at a neighbour’s house who is sick.”

“I walked around the periphery of the park and headed home,” she explained. “A man followed me home and beat me with a metal pipe on the steps of my own stairs.”

Lewis said she was “knocked out” and called the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) shortly after recovering.

The VPD told Daily Hive on Sunday, just after 3 am, they received a report of an assault in the area of East Georgia Street and Heatley Avenue.

Tania Visintin, spokesperson for the VPD, told Daily Hive that “officers met with a Vancouver woman in her 30s who stated she had been gardening in her yard the evening before when she was hit on the head from behind. The suspect ran off before she could get a description.”

“It appears the victim received minor injuries and declined the officer’s suggestion to have paramedics attend for a medical assessment.”

In a follow-up statement, VPD told Daily Hive the woman phoned in the report around “3 am” on Sunday for the assault which allegedly occurred “the evening before.”

Lewis shared on Twitter that she later sought out medical assistance.

The VPD says that an investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact VPD or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Daily Hive has reached out to Lewis for additional comment. 

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